While such scenes are less frequent in Europe, where the firefighters have other ways of getting the water supply in case of a fire, in the US the hydrants are out on the street – and parking in front of them could prove costly.
While the situation all by itself could be funny, or annoying for the owner, the truth is we’re dealing with a serious matter – imagine someone dear was stranded in the fire and the engine couldn’t get the water supply in time.
So, car owners around the world, when you see a fire hydrant, don’t park and obstruct access to it – because firefighters will find a way to get the hose hooked and it won’t be pretty for your car.
“The general reaction is that some people find humor in it,’’ said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. “But it’s really a serious situation. That water supply is the lifeblood of the engine company. The engine carries 750 gallons – and that could be gone in just two minutes. With that number of alarms, every hydrant is important.’’
This was the case with what became an eight-alarm fire in East Boston, when firefighters trying to get water had a BMW 3 Series Coupe in their way: so a “lift and slide” maneuver was performed and a 4-inch hose from the hydrant was run through the driver’s and passenger’s side window. Oh, by the way, the owner also got a $100 ticket from police…
Via Boston Globe