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(The Omaha Channel)   Its big, its yellow, it has flashing lights, it has a siren, it has a loud horn, yet somehow someone managed to hit it   ( divider line
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2005-05-27 03:19:12 PM  
Margaret Cho's ass has lights and a siren?

2005-05-27 03:21:54 PM  
I'd hit it.

/got nothin'
2005-05-27 03:26:51 PM  
This morning, on the way to work, I watched as a car drove onto the median, ran over and knocked down a traffic light, and then drove on as if nothing had happened. This kind of stuff doesn't surprise me anymore...
2005-05-27 03:31:14 PM  
Omaha police said the car's driver may have been distracted by a cruiser driving in the opposite direction with the lights on.

"Ooh, shiny lights on that black and white car over there. I wonder what that big honking sound in front of me is. Why do I hear more sirens then that shiny car over there. Ouch, what just happened?"
2005-05-27 03:32:17 PM  
I am absolutely unsurprised.

My job brings me these interesting tidbits all the time.

The woman who merged into the back (not front) or a giant red dump truck, etc.

How in the hell do you miss that?
2005-05-27 03:33:31 PM  
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2005-05-27 03:36:07 PM  

Do fire engines have the right of way, or just courtesy?

I know ambulances don't have right of way...
2005-05-27 03:40:49 PM  
2005-05-27 03:44:44 PM  
Arnold T Pants: yellow?

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2005-05-27 03:44:47 PM  
And you wonder why cyclists come in with such an adrenalin rush from their morning commute. Fark coffee-- that stuff's better than coke to wake up with.
2005-05-27 04:26:09 PM  

Here's what I was taught at the fire academy: A fire truck (with lights and sirens on) has right-away in virtually all situations, but only if the driver is driving "with due regard". A new law in my state says we can even pass a stopped schoolbus in a school zone unloading children with it's STOP light extended - as long as it's done SAFELY (due regard). Any accident though and the driver of said truck is investigated and the fire company usually held at fault.

If not on route to a call, the fire truck has to drive under the same rules as anyone else. These accidents on route are actually pretty common - and the #1 cause of death to firefighters after heart attack.
2005-05-27 04:29:07 PM  
Paid or volunteer Saturn?
2005-05-27 04:33:28 PM  
SaturnXL: A new law in my state

Well, let's face it, what do you expect from PA~

2005-05-27 05:14:59 PM  
yeah, the yellow ones aren't ripe yet that's all.
2005-05-27 06:07:08 PM  
Well, I can't say it's unusual. Except the 'yellow' bit.

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2005-05-27 06:45:55 PM  
I knew a small-town newspaper reporter in Louisiana who pulled out in front of a fire engine that was rushing to a call, lights on.

He was.... 31.
2005-05-27 06:55:54 PM  
"Everyone got out safely, thanks to neighbors and a family dog, which woke the residents up."

I demand to know more about this dog!
2005-05-27 07:04:34 PM  
Wanna' bet the car was making a thump-thump-thump bass sound before it got hit?
2005-05-27 07:07:20 PM  
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2005-05-27 07:12:22 PM  

WTF? Maybe RED?
2005-05-27 07:15:07 PM  
"Everyone got out safely, thanks to neighbors and a family dog, which woke the residents up."

Dog trifecta on three sequential greenlights!
2005-05-27 07:16:26 PM  
Yeah, fire trucks aren't normally yellow.

But otherwise, this was bound to happen. Rubbernecking idiots always have to turn around when they see a cop. But obviously, he didn't see the ones right in front of him.

I hate idiots like this.
2005-05-27 07:19:32 PM  
I'm farking sick of the grammar nazi crap here. Its not funny and nobody is impressed with you're rightousness.
2005-05-27 07:20:15 PM  
Yeah, fire trucks aren't normally yellow.

They are where I live
2005-05-27 07:20:47 PM  
Back in the early 90s, maybe 80s, a group of fire service brains got together and decided that painting a fire truck in a brighter color would prevent accidents. Lots of places changed their colors to lime green, bright yellow, etc.

Turns out it didn't help, people still hit us. But some areas kept their new brighter colors, especially in the midwest and the Plains.

Certain other brains in the fire service are stilled pissed off at the color change (firefighters are VERY traditional and hate change), and they will end their speeches by saying "and a fire truck will always be RED."
2005-05-27 07:24:08 PM  
Actually, new firetrucks are now commonly yellow and green. It is much more visible than red, especially at dusk and dawn.
2005-05-27 07:26:30 PM  
2005-05-27 07:27:36 PM  
Yea.. firetrucks here are yellow too (southern oregon)

Yellow reflects light better than red.
2005-05-27 07:29:03 PM  
I've been sitting at a red light when a fire engine approached from the other side. Some of the cross traffic sees and hears the warning sirens, some do not. Some stop in their lane, some don't know why they did that and swerve around at 45mph, and the situation goes downhill from there.

The engine got through unharmed, but there were two different accidents and at least 4 damaged cars afterwards.

The engine did not stop.

/despite how loud a fire engine is, it cannot compete with a cell phone that is actually pushed into somebodys ear.
2005-05-27 07:30:21 PM  
i've heard rap music with all kinds of street noises randomly put in there. once i heard something with police sirens when i was in a car and i almost pulled over until i realized it was the radio. still pissed off about that...

maybe the driver (destined to die) didnt realize the sirens were real? or maybe he had some "thump thump bass" on so loud that he didnt hear it? i hate it when i'm sitting at a light, and the car next to me will have such loud music on that it will make my car vibrate.
2005-05-27 07:31:23 PM  

It's been a long day hasn't it?

"it's" means either "it is" or "it has".
2005-05-27 07:34:04 PM  
Sirens are quite ineffective these days. Cars are built to keep outside noise out and stereos are loud. I actually don't need my stereo on loud at all to block a siren till it gets pretty damn close.
2005-05-27 07:35:34 PM  
the car's driver may have been distracted by a cruiser driving in the opposite direction with the lights on.

So where was the cruiser going? Not to the fire, I guess.

Both with their sirens on... Hmm, that gives me an idea for a song: "Dueling Sirens". Can't you just hear it already?
2005-05-27 07:35:40 PM  
This morning, on the way to work, I watched as a car drove onto the median, ran over and knocked down a traffic light, and then drove on as if nothing had happened. This kind of stuff doesn't surprise me anymore...

Heck, I saw somebody vault their SUV up a curb, take out two rather large bushes, slam back down, and continue driving with smoke coming out of their car, two flat tires (and probably a bent frame), and half a bush trailing behind. They went on like that for at least another mile before turning onto another road. We pulled off at our apartment complex just a bit further and saw a helicopter going around the area where they had pulled off.
2005-05-27 07:36:06 PM  
Yellow fire trucks suck.
2005-05-27 07:37:39 PM  
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Am I the only one thinking of Andy here? Do I just have Dark Tower on the brain?
2005-05-27 07:39:39 PM  
Sergent D,

You can block out the noise maybe, but if you're watching your rear view mirror, you should SEE it coming...

/hates moronic drivers
//Not implying that Sergent D is a moronic driver
2005-05-27 07:43:15 PM  
deepbeep -

nope, you just beat me to it. damn you.
2005-05-27 07:43:51 PM  
Exactly, siren or not you should see it coming. Even if it's daytime and you can't see it that well you should see the people pulling over. Those three mirrors aren't just for looks.
2005-05-27 07:44:04 PM  
You don't have to yield to the responders who put the little blue/red lights on their vehicles. Thats courtesy. I've observed these "responders" using their lights to get ahead in traffic on several occasions (yeah I followed them and when traffic thinned out, the lights went off-voila!) I only yield to them if I find it convenient.
2005-05-27 07:54:06 PM  

Uh.. did you RTFA? Did you see the pic of the car? Doesnt look like any sort of "thump thump bass" was coming out of that car.
2005-05-27 07:57:55 PM  
Sergent D: They are where I live

Red and only red is the way we are on our Dept. In fact, we almost refused delivery on a rural supply tanker (100% grant funded too) because it was maroon.

The grant writer is an Aggie. Says that he had nothing to do with it...
2005-05-27 08:01:40 PM  
2005-05-27 07:19:32 PM Sergent D

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2005-05-27 08:02:01 PM  
She'd hit it.

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2005-05-27 08:23:52 PM  
my emergency vest is bright friggin green, and damn visible at night and in bad weather... but firetrucks are RED, dammit.

I can believe that he didn't hear the truck, for the aformentioned possible reasons... but sorry, you don't miss something the size of a small house, with flashing lights and bright colors, unless you are trying REALLY HARD for that Darwin award. In my teeeeny tiny 2-door hatchback, in the standard honda silver color, there are a lot of people people who pull over for me when i have my amber lights and strobes on (they aren't supposed to... but they do anyway. wierd.). I'm visible for quite a ways off, even during the day.

As far as emergency vehicle laws are, I'm sure it varies from locality to locality, but I know here that the only thing that fire and ems/emt vehicles have to yield to is school buses with their flashers on.

i have to say, personally, that it was the strangest thing to be able to legally run red lights and drive down the wrong side of the road (i was in the middle of a pair of police cars in a beeeeeg hurry).

life's strange like that :P
2005-05-27 08:29:43 PM  
I did a ride along in an ambulance couple years ago and was totally impressed with the stupidity of other drivers.

Worst example was: we were going code three (lights and siren) on a major street. The light ahead of us was green, cross traffic was already stopped. A pickup was stopped at the red light (cross traffic) saw the lights and sirens and apparently the driver got very confused by them because she (sorry it was a woman driver, not making a point) suddenly ran a red light to pull out in front of us.
2005-05-27 08:36:19 PM  
This kind of thing isn't all that uncommon. Back when I worked the street we had a car accident (on I-285, for ya'll from the A T L) and a fire truck pulled up behind us in the right hand lane. Two minutes later this batty chick comes screaming down the right-hand lane, 75mph, talking on her cell phone, and hammers her little Nissan under the rear bumper of the fire truck. She never even hit the brakes. She was unconscious for like a minute, slumped over the steering wheel. When I reached in and touched her arm, her head flung back, she started screaming, lept out of the car, and went running up and down the emergency lane, screaming hysterically for the next 10 minutes. Turn's out she had a slight bump on her head and was otherwise completely fine. The fire truck had nary a scratch.
2005-05-27 08:44:11 PM  
So "it's" means either "it is" or "it has"?

It's big, it's yellow, it's flashing lights, it's a siren, it's a loud horn, yet somehow someone managed to hit it

All fixed!
2005-05-27 08:51:02 PM  
FlatEarthSociety: nope, you just beat me to it. damn you.

Thanks, I feel a little less nerdy now.
2005-05-27 08:58:27 PM  
I've never seen a yellow fire truck down here in the south.
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