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(Boston Globe)   Sometimes, you just gotta park next to that hydrant to make it to the gym in 26 minutes. And, sometimes, karma happens   (bostonglobe.com ) divider line
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2014-04-10 06:22:59 PM  

ZAZ: Thingster

Broken glass is normally a zero-deductible insurance claim.


With any luck at all, there's a coverage exclusion for events in the commission of a crime or other violation, so this jerk gets to pay the hydrant parking ticket and the repair bills out of pocket.
 
2014-04-10 06:24:10 PM  

tinyarena: Not to be "That Guy" or anything but, if they had to pick the car up to move it, why didn't they move it out of the way in the first place?


I guess I don't understand their manly ways...



Because it had a fire hose running through it and moving it farther would just kink the hose.
 
2014-04-10 06:24:29 PM  

itsaidwhat: Smashing the windows is so unnecessary.....when they have those hydraulic jaws that can pry the doors open.


Takes too long to haul that thing up and start it, vs just grabbing the axe and swinging away.
 
2014-04-10 06:28:00 PM  
And in the same vein, the "divert every man on site to lift-slide the car out of the way" vs the "fark em, send one guy with an axe to bust the windows and toss the hose through"...
Well, it's pretty clear which one a busy fire chief is going to pick.
 
2014-04-10 06:28:11 PM  

tinyarena: Not to be "That Guy" or anything but, if they had to pick the car up to move it, why didn't they move it out of the way in the first place?

I guess I don't understand their manly ways...


Justice. That's why.
 
2014-04-10 06:31:51 PM  

tinyarena: Not to be "That Guy" or anything but, if they had to pick the car up to move it, why didn't they move it out of the way in the first place?

I guess I don't understand their manly ways...


They didnt just pick it up and carry it. The video of them moving it away from the curb had guys surrounding the car, bouncing it up and down just to shift it far enough away to get the hose on properly. I'm sure they would have preferred not having to go through the car at all, but the priority is getting water as quickly as possible.
 
2014-04-10 06:36:23 PM  

itsaidwhat: Valeriyance: I am amazed they only got a $100 ticket.  I expected a much larger fine and possible towing if the owner was not present.

I think it would be more poetic if the fine were $1.


I think we've identified the owner of the BMW
 
2014-04-10 06:39:46 PM  

felching pen: ZAZ: Thingster

Broken glass is normally a zero-deductible insurance claim.

With any luck at all, there's a coverage exclusion for events in the commission of a crime or other violation, so this jerk gets to pay the hydrant parking ticket and the repair bills out of pocket.


Yup, the ticket just ensures the insurance company is aware and can deny all coverage.
 
2014-04-10 06:43:31 PM  
Wow.  Lots of hatred for BMW owners.

/Mercedes-Benz owner.
 
2014-04-10 06:48:08 PM  
no, just a little kidding, what proud parent wouldn't want their daughter owning a BMW?
 
2014-04-10 06:50:47 PM  
I've never had to do this, but here's a similar situation that I had.

We had a kitchen fire at the local grocery store, and had a few cars parked in the fire lane with their hazards on.  "I'll move if there's ever something!" is the usual thing we hear from that.  We got on scene, lay down supply line, and block in three vehicles.  No window breaking or anything, but they weren't going anywhere for an hour or two.  Then, one of the owners comes up and asks, "Hey, can you move that truck?  I'm running late."  I thought about turning the deck gun on him.

We've gotten that question when blocking in vehicles with the ambulance, too.  I'm usually pretty patient with them and will move because they were parked legally, but sometimes things require more attention (like when the guy asked me to move while I was doing CPR on someone.

Oh, and don't even get me started on people not pulling to the right for our rigs.

/I'm not bitter
 
2014-04-10 06:53:47 PM  

Valeriyance: I am amazed they only got a $100 ticket.  I expected a much larger fine and possible towing if the owner was not present.


I'm sure they normally would tow, but in this case seconds count.  Didn't read the entire article, but I wouldn't surprised if the car was towed shortly after the blaze was gone.

I know in my city they'd absolutely tow once parking enforcement saw it/were called in on it.
 
2014-04-10 06:54:18 PM  

Beeblebrox: Wow.  Lots of hatred for BMW owners.

/Mercedes-Benz owner.


It's a moving target.  I'm finding it's more G37 owners and any Audi owner around here.  It's like they buy those to practice for when they get a BMW.
 
2014-04-10 06:57:08 PM  

KublaiKhan: I've never had to do this, but here's a similar situation that I had.

We had a kitchen fire at the local grocery store, and had a few cars parked in the fire lane with their hazards on.  "I'll move if there's ever something!" is the usual thing we hear from that.  We got on scene, lay down supply line, and block in three vehicles.  No window breaking or anything, but they weren't going anywhere for an hour or two.  Then, one of the owners comes up and asks, "Hey, can you move that truck?  I'm running late."  I thought about turning the deck gun on him.

We've gotten that question when blocking in vehicles with the ambulance, too.  I'm usually pretty patient with them and will move because they were parked legally, but sometimes things require more attention (like when the guy asked me to move while I was doing CPR on someone.

Oh, and don't even get me started on people not pulling to the right for our rigs.

/I'm not bitter


No, you're not.  I can imagine the frustration.  I'm not a fireman or anything like that... but I live a block from a fire station.  I see it every friggin' week.  People have no idea how to deal with a fire truck or ambulance when driving.  Its insane!  Get the fark out of the way!
 
2014-04-10 07:02:10 PM  
downstairs:No, you're not.  I can imagine the frustration.  I'm not a fireman or anything like that... but I live a block from a fire station.  I see it every friggin' week.  People have no idea how to deal with a fire truck or ambulance when driving.  Its insane!  Get the fark out of the way!

Oh it can be frustrating as hell, but sometimes people generally don't see/hear you coming, even with the sirens and lights.  What gets me are the people that flick you off, tail you after you pass them like we're blocking for them, or just act as if we're a huge inconvenience for them with dirty looks and horns beeping.

(and then there are the people who go overboard and drive up and onto tree lawns to get out of your way, but I guess at least they're doing the right thing technically)
 
2014-04-10 07:03:25 PM  
Hail, Hydrant!
 
2014-04-10 07:11:14 PM  
I know there's insurance, but there should be a clause in the policy to exempt paying for this kinda crap. I'd like to heal them squeal about it in court. Too bad the firefighters didn't take a dump in it too. A side dose of humiliation for the driver is in order too, like a bumper sticker for DUI convictions.
 
2014-04-10 07:12:09 PM  

KublaiKhan: downstairs:No, you're not.  I can imagine the frustration.  I'm not a fireman or anything like that... but I live a block from a fire station.  I see it every friggin' week.  People have no idea how to deal with a fire truck or ambulance when driving.  Its insane!  Get the fark out of the way!

Oh it can be frustrating as hell, but sometimes people generally don't see/hear you coming, even with the sirens and lights.  What gets me are the people that flick you off, tail you after you pass them like we're blocking for them, or just act as if we're a huge inconvenience for them with dirty looks and horns beeping.

(and then there are the people who go overboard and drive up and onto tree lawns to get out of your way, but I guess at least they're doing the right thing technically)


I can't stand the people that think they're entitled to special rules because they got out of the way. Dove into a left turn lane to make way for the truck? That was nice of you. Guess what? When that left turn arrow comes up you have to fraking turn left now. You can't just sit there fraking up traffic for a couple cycles.
 
2014-04-10 07:17:45 PM  

KublaiKhan: downstairs:No, you're not.  I can imagine the frustration.  I'm not a fireman or anything like that... but I live a block from a fire station.  I see it every friggin' week.  People have no idea how to deal with a fire truck or ambulance when driving.  Its insane!  Get the fark out of the way!

Oh it can be frustrating as hell, but sometimes people generally don't see/hear you coming, even with the sirens and lights.  What gets me are the people that flick you off, tail you after you pass them like we're blocking for them, or just act as if we're a huge inconvenience for them with dirty looks and horns beeping.

(and then there are the people who go overboard and drive up and onto tree lawns to get out of your way, but I guess at least they're doing the right thing technically)


My wife would do that. I GUARANTEE it.
 
2014-04-10 07:17:59 PM  

KublaiKhan: Oh it can be frustrating as hell, but sometimes people generally don't see/hear you coming, even with the sirens and lights. What gets me are the people that flick you off, tail you after you pass them like we're blocking for them, or just act as if we're a huge inconvenience for them with dirty looks and horns beeping.


Sheesh!  Flick you off?!  Wow.

In terms of not hearing you coming... does your city use those new-ish low-frequency buzzers (for lack of a technical term) that literally shake the ground within a couple blocks radius?  Those are pretty crazy.  They'll shake my monitor at my desk when they pass by close.
 
2014-04-10 07:19:06 PM  

KublaiKhan: I've never had to do this, but here's a similar situation that I had.

We had a kitchen fire at the local grocery store, and had a few cars parked in the fire lane with their hazards on.  "I'll move if there's ever something!" is the usual thing we hear from that.  We got on scene, lay down supply line, and block in three vehicles.  No window breaking or anything, but they weren't going anywhere for an hour or two.  Then, one of the owners comes up and asks, "Hey, can you move that truck?  I'm running late."  I thought about turning the deck gun on him.

We've gotten that question when blocking in vehicles with the ambulance, too.  I'm usually pretty patient with them and will move because they were parked legally, but sometimes things require more attention (like when the guy asked me to move while I was doing CPR on someone.

Oh, and don't even get me started on people not pulling to the right for our rigs.

/I'm not bitter


I always thought you guys needed cow plows on the front. If they don't get out of your way, go Mad Max on them!
 
2014-04-10 07:25:38 PM  

The Ice Queen: KublaiKhan: I've never had to do this, but here's a similar situation that I had.

We had a kitchen fire at the local grocery store, and had a few cars parked in the fire lane with their hazards on.  "I'll move if there's ever something!" is the usual thing we hear from that.  We got on scene, lay down supply line, and block in three vehicles.  No window breaking or anything, but they weren't going anywhere for an hour or two.  Then, one of the owners comes up and asks, "Hey, can you move that truck?  I'm running late."  I thought about turning the deck gun on him.

We've gotten that question when blocking in vehicles with the ambulance, too.  I'm usually pretty patient with them and will move because they were parked legally, but sometimes things require more attention (like when the guy asked me to move while I was doing CPR on someone.

Oh, and don't even get me started on people not pulling to the right for our rigs.

/I'm not bitter

I always thought you guys needed cow plows on the front. If they don't get out of your way, go Mad Max on them!


I watched a documentary on how fire trucks are fabricated. They are built like trains. Or tanks. Tranks.
 
2014-04-10 07:26:54 PM  

plutoniumfeather: only $100 ticket?  it ought to be more.  LOTS more.

/i'm not a fireman, but Dad was.


It should be higher, but I am glad this prick has to fix his crappy German hoopty out of his own pocket. Of course, he will probably hire some idiot and try to sue the city or something because (as has been said before) anybody driving a BMW is usually THAT dense.

That said, why didn't the firefighters just tear off the doors? I mean, I think it would be easier for 6 guys to just use the jaws of life and rip the doors off than to lift up a car and move it a little. No kinks, no fuss. Plus, if you are dumb enough to park in front of a fire hydrant, you should get a lot more than a little fine and minimal damage.
 
2014-04-10 07:28:00 PM  

Jument: tinyarena: Not to be "That Guy" or anything but, if they had to pick the car up to move it, why didn't they move it out of the way in the first place?

I guess I don't understand their manly ways...

Time, primarily. The first thing they wanted to do was get water flowing. They only moved the car later because the initial setup was kinking the hose.

A simpler answer, of course, is rage (and rightfully so). If you some jerkface's beemer is preventing you from doing your job *and* possibly endangering people's lives, are you going to be more inclined towards a solution that protects their valuable property or one that lets you smash up their car with a fire axe? Most people would gravitate towards the axe-based solution.


And yelling F*CK YEAH! while doing so, I suspect.
 
2014-04-10 07:30:36 PM  
Possible owner?

www.mbird.com

/you guys are really slippin'
 
2014-04-10 07:37:26 PM  

Wessoman: plutoniumfeather: only $100 ticket?  it ought to be more.  LOTS more.

/i'm not a fireman, but Dad was.

It should be higher, but I am glad this prick has to fix his crappy German hoopty out of his own pocket. Of course, he will probably hire some idiot and try to sue the city or something because (as has been said before) anybody driving a BMW is usually THAT dense.

That said, why didn't the firefighters just tear off the doors? I mean, I think it would be easier for 6 guys to just use the jaws of life and rip the doors off than to lift up a car and move it a little. No kinks, no fuss. Plus, if you are dumb enough to park in front of a fire hydrant, you should get a lot more than a little fine and minimal damage.


Time keeps on ticken, ticken ticken in to the future of someone burning up if they don't get water STAT.
 
2014-04-10 07:41:18 PM  
Well played
 
2014-04-10 07:42:21 PM  

Invincible: felching pen: ZAZ: Thingster

Broken glass is normally a zero-deductible insurance claim.

With any luck at all, there's a coverage exclusion for events in the commission of a crime or other violation, so this jerk gets to pay the hydrant parking ticket and the repair bills out of pocket.

Yup, the ticket just ensures the insurance company is aware and can deny all coverage.


This person gets it.  A ticket for the violation and the insurance company can give the BMW owner the finger.  Repairs are their own problem.  The damages were the result from their own illegal parking.  Get cited in an accident, you get no money for repairs.

Ex-Texan: I know there's insurance, but there should be a clause in the policy to exempt paying for this kinda crap. I'd like to heal them squeal about it in court. Too bad the firefighters didn't take a dump in it too. A side dose of humiliation for the driver is in order too, like a bumper sticker for DUI convictions.


See above.
 
2014-04-10 07:55:57 PM  

NeoCortex42: Just saw this story on the Boston news, where they interviewed the car owner's brother. The reason for parking in front of the hydrant:  he wanted to just quickly check on his friends in the area since there was a fire.

Farking brilliant.


Ah, so he and his friends are functionally retarded? That explains a lot.
 
2014-04-10 07:58:56 PM  

Russ1642:I can't stand the people that think they're entitled to special rules because they got out of the way. Dove into a left turn lane to make way for the truck? That was nice of you. Guess what? When that left turn arrow comes up you have to fraking turn left now. You can't just sit there fraking up traffic for a couple cycles.

Oh yeah, I see that a lot, too.  Not only did they screw up traffic for everyone else, but now they've forced us to go into oncoming traffic to pass.  The general rule is to pull to the right, and I will not pass someone on the right in a squad or rig because I don't know what they plan on doing.  Always to the left.

downstairs: Sheesh!  Flick you off?!  Wow.

In terms of not hearing you coming... does your city use those new-ish low-frequency buzzers (for lack of a technical term) that literally shake the ground within a couple blocks radius?  Those are pretty crazy.  They'll shake my monitor at my desk when they pass by close.


All the time.  Had a couple on a motorcycle the other day do that because they refused to pull over as I was trying to turn into the college rec center for an EMS call.  Forced me to wait for them to pass in the opposite direction before I could turn, and the woman on the back flipped me the bird as I honked the air horn at them.  I guess we just inconvenience the hell out of everybody!

As for our sirens, we don't have the low frequency ones.  We have the electronic sirens that are loud as hell for our squad, and a good old grinder for the engine and tower (the typical fire engine siren sound everyone's used to).  They work well enough, plus our traffic light changing system is built around them, so it'd be hard to change that.
 
2014-04-10 08:00:54 PM  

unyon: You know, the only problem with this is that the hydrant is lower than the windows.  If it were higher, then you could also get water from the hydrant connection to run down into the car, destroy the interior, and really do it up right.


I'm sure that little detail is taken care of when they disconnect the hose from the hydrant.  Oops, forgot to drain it before we disconnected it from the hydrant.  Woopsie, didn't close the hydrant all the way, either.  We'll get right on that in a moment...
...or two.

The best part is that even though Commander Cheesedick probably came running up, freaking out about his douchemobile, there is nothing he can do about it but watch and get laughed at.
images.sodahead.com
 
2014-04-10 08:01:40 PM  

Russ1642: I can't stand the people that think they're entitled to special rules because they got out of the way. Dove into a left turn lane to make way for the truck? That was nice of you. Guess what? When that left turn arrow comes up you have to fraking turn left now. You can't just sit there fraking up traffic for a couple cycles.


Well I messed that last post up!  Should've previewed first.  Here's what I wrote back on this:

Oh yeah, I see that a lot, too.  Not only did they screw up traffic for everyone else, but now they've forced us to go into oncoming traffic to pass.  The general rule is to pull to the right, and I will not pass someone on the right in a squad or rig because I don't know what they plan on doing.  Always to the left.
 
2014-04-10 08:14:47 PM  

KeithLM: tinyarena: Not to be "That Guy" or anything but, if they had to pick the car up to move it, why didn't they move it out of the way in the first place?

I guess I don't understand their manly ways...

They moved it a short distance.  Moving it a greater distance to completely clear the hydrant would have required more time and energy, and could have lead to someone injuring themselves, all while they should have been fighting the fire.


Moving it a foot to avoid a kink is a lot easier than moving it 10 feet to get it completely out of the way, all during a fire.
 
2014-04-10 08:15:22 PM  
Csb:
College dorm, series finale of Seinfeld. Asshats lit off fireworks in the hallway about halfway through. Our anger was placated slightly when we got to see the firetruck shove a car about 20 feet (they couldn't make the corner because the car was parked way too close to the intersection).
 
2014-04-10 08:16:22 PM  

KublaiKhan: Russ1642: I can't stand the people that think they're entitled to special rules because they got out of the way. Dove into a left turn lane to make way for the truck? That was nice of you. Guess what? When that left turn arrow comes up you have to fraking turn left now. You can't just sit there fraking up traffic for a couple cycles.

Well I messed that last post up!  Should've previewed first.  Here's what I wrote back on this:

Oh yeah, I see that a lot, too.  Not only did they screw up traffic for everyone else, but now they've forced us to go into oncoming traffic to pass.  The general rule is to pull to the right, and I will not pass someone on the right in a squad or rig because I don't know what they plan on doing.  Always to the left.


Do bikes pull over or do they do their normal screw-the-road-rules-I'm-a-cyclist thing?
 
2014-04-10 08:16:26 PM  

Gyrfalcon: NeoCortex42: Just saw this story on the Boston news, where they interviewed the car owner's brother. The reason for parking in front of the hydrant:  he wanted to just quickly check on his friends in the area since there was a fire.

Farking brilliant.

Ah, so he and his friends are functionally retarded? That explains a lot.


We are talking about Boston after all.
 
2014-04-10 08:29:50 PM  

MylesHeartVodak: Invincible: felching pen: ZAZ: Thingster

Broken glass is normally a zero-deductible insurance claim.

With any luck at all, there's a coverage exclusion for events in the commission of a crime or other violation, so this jerk gets to pay the hydrant parking ticket and the repair bills out of pocket.

Yup, the ticket just ensures the insurance company is aware and can deny all coverage.

This person gets it.  A ticket for the violation and the insurance company can give the BMW owner the finger.  Repairs are their own problem.  The damages were the result from their own illegal parking.  Get cited in an accident, you get no money for repairs.

Ex-Texan: I know there's insurance, but there should be a clause in the policy to exempt paying for this kinda crap. I'd like to heal them squeal about it in court. Too bad the firefighters didn't take a dump in it too. A side dose of humiliation for the driver is in order too, like a bumper sticker for DUI convictions.

See above.


DUI accidents are covered by insurance.
 
2014-04-10 08:32:03 PM  
me reading the headline:

" I bet the fireguys smashed out the windows of a car parked in front of a hydrant and ran the hose through it:

*Click* yup

I personally was under the perception that this is normal operational procedure for all fire departments across the nation.
 
2014-04-10 08:49:39 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: KublaiKhan: Russ1642: I can't stand the people that think they're entitled to special rules because they got out of the way. Dove into a left turn lane to make way for the truck? That was nice of you. Guess what? When that left turn arrow comes up you have to fraking turn left now. You can't just sit there fraking up traffic for a couple cycles.

Well I messed that last post up!  Should've previewed first.  Here's what I wrote back on this:

Oh yeah, I see that a lot, too.  Not only did they screw up traffic for everyone else, but now they've forced us to go into oncoming traffic to pass.  The general rule is to pull to the right, and I will not pass someone on the right in a squad or rig because I don't know what they plan on doing.  Always to the left.

Do bikes pull over or do they do their normal screw-the-road-rules-I'm-a-cyclist thing?


The latter, of course!  Well, most of them, at least.
 
2014-04-10 08:53:48 PM  
MacDonald said firefighters don't go out of their way to damage property as they were forced to do by the driver of the BMW.

Y'know, I don't believe this.

But I also don't care if they do.  Fark people who park in front of hydrants.
 
2014-04-10 08:56:35 PM  

Wessoman: plutoniumfeather: only $100 ticket?  it ought to be more.  LOTS more.

/i'm not a fireman, but Dad was.

It should be higher, but I am glad this prick has to fix his crappy German hoopty out of his own pocket. Of course, he will probably hire some idiot and try to sue the city or something because (as has been said before) anybody driving a BMW is usually THAT dense.

That said, why didn't the firefighters just tear off the doors? I mean, I think it would be easier for 6 guys to just use the jaws of life and rip the doors off than to lift up a car and move it a little. No kinks, no fuss. Plus, if you are dumb enough to park in front of a fire hydrant, you should get a lot more than a little fine and minimal damage.


The jaws of life are heavy and slow.  At least that's my experience from using them.  I'd say just break the windows and open the doors.  Looks like there was enough room, then they wouldn't have needed to move it.  But, that might've set off an alarm, so they'd have to smash up the battery or something...
 
2014-04-10 08:57:21 PM  
Tree lawn?
 
2014-04-10 09:00:01 PM  

stewbert: MylesHeartVodak: Invincible: felching pen: ZAZ: Thingster

Broken glass is normally a zero-deductible insurance claim.

With any luck at all, there's a coverage exclusion for events in the commission of a crime or other violation, so this jerk gets to pay the hydrant parking ticket and the repair bills out of pocket.

Yup, the ticket just ensures the insurance company is aware and can deny all coverage.

This person gets it.  A ticket for the violation and the insurance company can give the BMW owner the finger.  Repairs are their own problem.  The damages were the result from their own illegal parking.  Get cited in an accident, you get no money for repairs.

Ex-Texan: I know there's insurance, but there should be a clause in the policy to exempt paying for this kinda crap. I'd like to heal them squeal about it in court. Too bad the firefighters didn't take a dump in it too. A side dose of humiliation for the driver is in order too, like a bumper sticker for DUI convictions.

See above.

DUI accidents are covered by insurance.


Maybe in your state, or by your company, Hubie.  Stick with thT company.

We both work in the same industry, and in the same exec positions.

I know that my own insurance company tried to "explore their options" in my only claim, even after 25+ years.  I rolled down a mountain 3-1/2 times, more than 200 feet downhill, after closing the kitchen late at night.  The local insurance company sent a State Trooper to breathalyze me, when I was strapped down and still being treated in the ER.  I was fully cleared, but they did their damnedest to show that a weather-related accident was my fault.  I was not at fault.  They had to pay, but they increased my rate to ridiculous amounts.  Nobody else will sign me for at least one more year.  I have to pay their blackmail until this one and only accident (Only one in 25+ years of driving with the same insurance company.)

Insurance agents are your best friends until you have a claim.
 
2014-04-10 09:05:37 PM  
I'll bet the car owner won't make that mistake again. When I saw this story posted here, I was actually sort of hoping the owner would be featured. Sadly, no...

I wonder how much the repairs are gonna cost. And I wonder if he'll even bother with insurance.
 
2014-04-10 09:21:05 PM  

Wessoman: plutoniumfeather: only $100 ticket?  it ought to be more.  LOTS more.

/i'm not a fireman, but Dad was.

It should be higher, but I am glad this prick has to fix his crappy German hoopty out of his own pocket. Of course, he will probably hire some idiot and try to sue the city or something because (as has been said before) anybody driving a BMW is usually THAT dense.

That said, why didn't the firefighters just tear off the doors? I mean, I think it would be easier for 6 guys to just use the jaws of life and rip the doors off than to lift up a car and move it a little. No kinks, no fuss. Plus, if you are dumb enough to park in front of a fire hydrant, you should get a lot more than a little fine and minimal damage.


The jaws of life are powerful, bu slow.  I saw them being used to remove a door after a car got T-boned in front of my apartment complex; it took about ten minutes to remove a single door.
 
2014-04-10 09:36:26 PM  

Cyno01: Another angle, looks like they beat the shiat out of the sidepanel attaching the hose. 

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But i can see why they needed to move the car back.


MacDonald said firefighters don't go out of their way to damage property as they were forced to do by the driver of the BMW.



They could have gotten the hose unkinked another way... they could have used a few tools to remove that door and quarter panel that are in the way.
 
2014-04-10 09:39:33 PM  
As a BMW tech, I approve of the firefighters' solution. Pay my bills baby.
 
2014-04-10 10:00:36 PM  

RatMotor: As a BMW tech, I approve of the firefighters' solution. Pay my bills baby.


You are doing it wrong.  Switch to a Subaru tech and find a drop of oil that dripped off the stick while checking the level.  "This needs to be handled.  Your dog might lick it.  We can fix that for about $350 and it will only take an hour.".
 
2014-04-10 10:17:40 PM  

NeoCortex42: tinyarena: Not to be "That Guy" or anything but, if they had to pick the car up to move it, why didn't they move it out of the way in the first place?

I guess I don't understand their manly ways...

They didnt just pick it up and carry it. The video of them moving it away from the curb had guys surrounding the car, bouncing it up and down just to shift it far enough away to get the hose on properly. I'm sure they would have preferred not having to go through the car at all, but the priority is getting water as quickly as possible.


I call BULLSHIAT. If their real priority was getting water quickly then they would have run the hose under the car. Easier, faster, better angle to the hose. It takes a lot more tone and effort to; 1. Find a tool and break both Windows; 2. Manhandle the hose through the car ; 3. then later gather a bunch of people to have to move the car. It is obvious that they went well out of their way to maliciously destroy private property, outside the limits of the law. I guess you guys are all ok with vigilante firemen dispensing street justice.
Don't get me wrong, I in no way condone parking in front of hydrants. They should be fined (I think more than $100). If people don't think the fine is high enough, then lobby to change the law. The firemen went out of their way to unnecessarily cause thousands of dollars in damage. You all seem to just be ok with that. Huh..
 
2014-04-10 10:38:59 PM  
jbrooks544:I call BULLSHIAT. If their real priority was getting water quickly then they would have run the hose under the car. Easier, faster, better angle to the hose.

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Tell me again how under the car would be a "better angle."
 
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