The other day I happened upon a terrible scene on I-10 in Mississippi near Pearlington. A woman trapped in an SUV, on fire. Nobody could get her out, and nobody had a fire extinguisher, and she seemed sure to perish. Through a magnanimous effort by a group of about 20 passers-bye, including myself, she was rescued. Imagine the horror of standing there next to her, you can't get her out, and you have no way to douse the fire, as she is screaming and pleading for help as the engine compartment is becoming fully involved in flame. If fire extinguishers were a standard in cars like seatbelts and airbags, there would have been twenty of them on her, and the fire would have been out in seconds. Instead, she nearly perished, until the extinguishers from 18-wheelers trickled in, and the hose from a cement mixer.
Similarly, this past year we had a bad accident on the I-10 in New Orleans. Even though there were people trying to help, they watched him perish in the flames, as they could not extract him, nor put out the fire. Here are a few links to the story, as I am also a journalist. I hope you find inspiration from it, as everyone there had a role in the rescue...all passers-bye. I don't want this to be a "hero" or congratulatory thread, because I have heard all that and I get it, but I am no more special than any of you who would have done the same thing if you were there. but after you see one of these news reports, ask yourself why you don't keep one, like I have not.
Now, my question is, do you have any good ideas of where to mount one? I have a 2006 TRD Access cab. I could put one in the compartment under the rear jump seats, but its a bit cramped there. Maybe a strategically located bracket in-cab?
Also, can you recommend a good tow rope? A Dodge 4x4 pickup with a Cummings diesel engine pulled the SUV from the trees, which led to her extraction. I was down the road marshaling the semi's onto the shoulder and to the scene, but I read in one account that two tow ropes broke before they pulled the vehicle from the trees. Thanks, and just go get a fire extinguisher, even if you just toss it in the back or under a seat.