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(ABC Local)   Monterey Park Fire Dept. now has an accident response time of -1 second   (abclocal.go.com) divider line 28
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2014-04-16 07:47:57 PM  
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2014-04-16 09:53:10 PM  
Worst Responders.
 
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2014-04-16 09:55:43 PM  
#TimesResponded/#TimesRequested

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2014-04-16 09:56:28 PM  
There was that one unfortunate incident...
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2014-04-16 10:02:35 PM  
There was a time on Fire Depts when you couldn't be a driver until.... years and year and years..... of showing competence, coolness under fire (heh), others showing confidence in you, etc. It used to be a bit of an honor, something not to screw up. Accidents happen, but damn.
 
2014-04-16 10:03:46 PM  
shiatty intersection with no visibility, and almost a guarantee that one of those trucks blew a red light. Someone, possibly two someones, was driving like an asshole

The West coast is big on wearing headsets in the rigs to avoid hearing damage. This may have contributed to the accident. I'm showing slight but quantifiable hearing loss in my left ear, due to my habit of driving with the window down. I'm specifically listening for other sirens approaching. I'd rather go deaf by the end of my career than T-bone another apparatus tonight.
 
2014-04-16 10:12:29 PM  
So what kind of fire drill was it?

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(For non southern Californians Monterey Park is the center of the local Chinese population....Also, Dude, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.  )
 
2014-04-16 10:17:00 PM  
That intersection is also literally one block from a hospital, though it's not one to take major trauma cases.
 
2014-04-16 10:21:56 PM  

lizyrd: I'm showing slight but quantifiable hearing loss in my left ear,


Protect that hearing, my friend. VFD in a rural area for years here - hearing loss, lung dysfunction, etc - common, but you can avoid it.
 
2014-04-16 10:23:28 PM  
Dim sum bad drivers.
 
2014-04-16 10:24:01 PM  
And how did the house fire that started all this turn out?
 
2014-04-16 10:30:11 PM  

lizyrd: shiatty intersection with no visibility, and almost a guarantee that one of those trucks blew a red light. Someone, possibly two someones, was driving like an asshole

The West coast is big on wearing headsets in the rigs to avoid hearing damage. This may have contributed to the accident. I'm showing slight but quantifiable hearing loss in my left ear, due to my habit of driving with the window down. I'm specifically listening for other sirens approaching. I'd rather go deaf by the end of my career than T-bone another apparatus tonight.


I just approach blind intersections slowly enough to stop. So does any good operator.
 
2014-04-16 10:47:21 PM  
Imaginary response?
 
2014-04-16 10:55:38 PM  
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2014-04-16 11:01:30 PM  
Where did they bury the survivors?
 
2014-04-16 11:16:28 PM  
The Monterey Park Fire Department would like to apologize to the Monterey Park restaurant and Monterey Park diners that were inconvenienced in Monterey Park.  The Monterey Park Mayor will be holding a Monterey Park news conference to explain to the Monterey Park Morning Monterey Park, WMPK, and Monterey Park High School Fighting Monterey Parks Booster Club how this happened.  In the meantime. the Monterey Park Police will be guarding the Monterey Park sidewalks against similar Monterey Park incidents.

Monterey Park
 
2014-04-16 11:28:49 PM  

lizyrd: shiatty intersection with no visibility, and almost a guarantee that one of those trucks blew a red light. Someone, possibly two someones, was driving like an asshole

The West coast is big on wearing headsets in the rigs to avoid hearing damage. This may have contributed to the accident. I'm showing slight but quantifiable hearing loss in my left ear, due to my habit of driving with the window down. I'm specifically listening for other sirens approaching. I'd rather go deaf by the end of my career than T-bone another apparatus tonight.


So you t-boned an apparatus once this evening?

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2014-04-16 11:47:23 PM  

Charlie Crews' Zen Master: lizyrd: shiatty intersection with no visibility, and almost a guarantee that one of those trucks blew a red light. Someone, possibly two someones, was driving like an asshole

The West coast is big on wearing headsets in the rigs to avoid hearing damage. This may have contributed to the accident. I'm showing slight but quantifiable hearing loss in my left ear, due to my habit of driving with the window down. I'm specifically listening for other sirens approaching. I'd rather go deaf by the end of my career than T-bone another apparatus tonight.

So you t-boned an apparatus once this evening?

// are you the guy in the article?
/// dude! You're fark famous!


As soon as I posted and reread that, I thought, "Dammit, I could have worded that better. Maybe none of the Fark Wordsmiths will notice."
 
2014-04-16 11:52:23 PM  

lizyrd: As soon as I posted and reread that, I thought, "Dammit, I could have worded that better. Maybe none of the Fark Wordsmiths will notice."


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2014-04-17 12:08:57 AM  

chetbango: lizyrd: shiatty intersection with no visibility, and almost a guarantee that one of those trucks blew a red light. Someone, possibly two someones, was driving like an asshole

The West coast is big on wearing headsets in the rigs to avoid hearing damage. This may have contributed to the accident. I'm showing slight but quantifiable hearing loss in my left ear, due to my habit of driving with the window down. I'm specifically listening for other sirens approaching. I'd rather go deaf by the end of my career than T-bone another apparatus tonight.

I just approach blind intersections slowly enough to stop. So does any good operator.


I agree, and I do drive in such a manner. I just like to have one more sense involved. Anything that gives me a clue that something may be coming my way is a good thing. Especially with the way the cops drive, and in the area around the hospital with ambulances from outside the city coming and going.
 
2014-04-17 12:32:15 AM  
Say what you want about their fire department, it'll be there when Monterey Park is melting in the dark.

/and I'll never have that recipe again oh NOOOOOOOOO
 
2014-04-17 12:34:12 AM  

MBooda: There was that one unfortunate incident...
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Monterey is not Monterey Park.
 
2014-04-17 12:45:16 AM  
GTA3 in real life.
 
2014-04-17 01:02:33 AM  

lizyrd: The West coast is big on wearing headsets in the rigs to avoid hearing damage. This may have contributed to the accident.


And if LA is anything like SF, also big on drinking in the firehouse.

I wonder if there's any chance the restaurant's insurance will help the critically injured civilian with medical bills?
 
2014-04-17 07:56:10 AM  

lizyrd: shiatty intersection with no visibility, and almost a guarantee that one of those trucks blew a red light. Someone, possibly two someones, was driving like an asshole

The West coast is big on wearing headsets in the rigs to avoid hearing damage. This may have contributed to the accident. I'm showing slight but quantifiable hearing loss in my left ear, due to my habit of driving with the window down. I'm specifically listening for other sirens approaching. I'd rather go deaf by the end of my career than T-bone another apparatus tonight.


One of them certainly blew a red.  I wonder if they use some form of light preemption (opticon)?  Too many drivers get complacent knowing that the light is going to change for them and get away with it - until they encounter someone coming the other direction that thinks the light is going to change for him too.
 
2014-04-17 09:54:34 AM  
I was at a shop ten yards away from that cafe yesterday before the crash, drove by the house fire they were responding to, and then walked by the crash later in the evening. Unbelievable. The cafe had a habit of keeping its blinds drawn. The people inside would've had absolutely no idea of what plowed them over. Its incredible that they weren't all wiped out outright. There's a hospital right across the street, but in true chinese penny pinching fashion they typically have only one doctor in the er shared with two other floors. MPK & Alhambra services are typically top notch. Except when that happens.
 
2014-04-17 11:10:01 AM  

JustGetItRight: lizyrd: shiatty intersection with no visibility, and almost a guarantee that one of those trucks blew a red light. Someone, possibly two someones, was driving like an asshole

The West coast is big on wearing headsets in the rigs to avoid hearing damage. This may have contributed to the accident. I'm showing slight but quantifiable hearing loss in my left ear, due to my habit of driving with the window down. I'm specifically listening for other sirens approaching. I'd rather go deaf by the end of my career than T-bone another apparatus tonight.

One of them certainly blew a red.  I wonder if they use some form of light preemption (opticon)?  Too many drivers get complacent knowing that the light is going to change for them and get away with it - until they encounter someone coming the other direction that thinks the light is going to change for him too.


Maybe. But my experience with Opticom is that it's unreliable at best. Now that you bring it up, though, I'd be curious to know what happens with two vehicles with preemption devices going approach the same intersection. Could one have the green, and then lose it at an inopportune time due to the other truck's opticom? I'd hope that the guys with the brains at 3M thought of that.

Another recent (few years ago) fire apparatus collision was caused because one of the drivers was looking at the header and blew a red. As a lecturer I saw once said, "We're firemen. Why do some of us get all spun up when we see fire? It's our job. The garbage man doesn't round the corner and flip out because there are garbage cans to be collected."
 
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2014-04-17 03:28:20 PM  
lizyrd

The Boston Globe looked at RMV records to find the worst driver in the Boston area. He was a garbage truck driver. (The article is now a Bill Buckner error page, so no link.)
 
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