Crushing another car with the Deuce
Some of my other Deuce videos:
In this video, I crush another Ford Taurus with the deuce. The objective
was to jam all of the doors shut and push the dash down on the dummy's
legs. This provides the fire department with good Jaws training. After
the car was cut apart with the Jaws, I set off the airbag to reinforce the
need for the steering wheel cover. The force of the airbag explosion
decapitated our training dummy.
The car had a blown engine and was donated to our fire department by a
local towing company. I crush 1 or 2 cars in this manner every year; its a
bit of good clean fun for the firefighters, and sets the car up for some
good jaws training.
Edit: I'm actually surprised by the number of "down" votes this video has
received! I'm up for a bit of constructive criticism; if you are a "thumbs
down" voter, why don't you like it?
Is it because you feel like I'm somehow mistreating the Deuce? If so, I
received this truck missing MANY parts, including the bed, lots of chassis
wiring, and more. I have modified the truck for off road use, rock
crawling, etc. It has aftermarket wheels and tires from an MRAP, full
hydraulic steering, detroit lockers in the axles, a custom flatbed, LED
lighting, water/methanol injection, etc. I'm an experienced off roader and
vehicle builder; I'm used to breaking parts in the use of my vehicles, and
enjoy the challenge of repairing and upgrading to prevent future failures.
Crushing a car is, quite frankly, far less strain on the deuce than the
other off roading trips I have subjected it to.
Is it because we are crushing what looks to be a fairly straight car? That
was an older Ford Taurus with high miles, a blown engine, and water damaged
interior. It had little value other than scrap. The owner of the vehicle
intended to scrap it out, so he donated it to the fire department so that
we could use it for Jaws training. Training with the jaws of life is more
effective if we simulate a real crash; having the training dummy pinned in
the front seat by the steering wheel and roof is more effective than a
"straight" car is. The doors wedged shut is also a common obstacle that
must be dealt with on accident scenes. I manage to create those scenarios
using the deuce.
Is it because a bunch of firefighters are haphazardly bashing up a car?
Well, we do things like this because the guys like to do it. It is one of
the "fun" things that I do to help retain existing volunteers and bring new
ones in. The firefighters in this video are all unpaid
volunteers...including the chief. Some of us put in a good number of hours
every week to keep the department operating properly. Every person in this
video has put his own life at risk at some point in an effort to help a
complete stranger. They are a great group of guys, and the community and
the people who pass through the community are lucky to have them.