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9 Times People Parked Next To Fire Hydrants And Regretted It Later
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9 Times People Parked Next To Fire Hydrants And Regretted It Later

Finding the perfect parking spot is the bane of every driver’s existence and but sometimes the desire for the closest spot can put others in danger. You’ve seen it, people illegally parking in front of fire hydrants for easy access, but firefighters are teaching these inconsiderate parkers that this is a matter of life and death.

Two months ago some New Jersey firefighters posted a photo of a car with the windows smashed and a hose snaked through with the caption, “This is what happens when you park in front of a hydrant. This was taken last night at the fire on Norway Avenue in the Bromley section of Hamilton. Reminder, it is against the law to park in front of a fire hydrant.”

Like it or not this expensive vehicle damage was well-deserved. Hydrants play a key role in firefighting, as the trucks themselves can only carry 500 gallons of water – enough to put out a “dumpster fire.” Station manager Martyn Hare of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service re-iterated that convenience is not worth a life.

“We appreciate that people want to park outside their homes and aren’t doing it deliberately, but they have to help us help them,” said Hare, “We are asking residents to consider whether their parking could be putting lives at risk.”

Scroll down below to see photos of bad drivers who learned their lesson about hydrant parking the hard way.

Parking in front of a fire hydrant may seem convenient but it can put people’s lives in danger

Firefighters must be able to access these hydrants immediately and won’t hesitate to make your vehicle the victim of some collateral damage

 

Image credits: cityofmerced

Image credits: cityofmerced

Hydrants are essential in the firefighting process, as the trucks can only carry 500 gallons of water which is enough to put out a “dumpster fire”

Image credits: cityofmaryesther

Reconsider the next time you see that “open” hydrant parking spot, so your selfish parking doesn’t end up costing a life

Image credits: WOWT NBC

Image credits: nbcphiladelphia

Image credits: nbcphiladelphia

Image credits: wcvb

Image credits: nj

People were less than sympathetic to those with destroyed cars and hoped they had learned their lesson

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Larry BobJoe
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3 years ago

Alright. SO I read this story on Quora.com so im not so sure how true this is. But somebody said that they used to be a construction worker and one day, the building across the street from his/her construction site caught fire. When the fire department arrived, they found somebody had parked infront of the hydrant. So, the fire men called over the construction teams bulldozer and with permission from the police, bulldozed the car out of the way.

Night Owl
Community Member
3 years ago

That's one way to get rid of your problems :)

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Zaheen Muhammad
Community Member
3 years ago

But why not over, under or by any of the sides of the cars?

Sussi Holland Jensen
Community Member
3 years ago

Easy... It takes too long. We need to be in action in a matter of minutes.

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Hans
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3 years ago

I have a technical question. Why are typical US hydrants equipped with a permanent standpipe? Hydrants over here are simply covers in the pavement, and firefighters bring their standpipe with them. This seems to be much more flexible, and standpipes to not take away space when not in use...

Calypso poet
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3 years ago

How do they locate them under the snow? Ohio here and it’s either 90 degrees or 2 feet of snow.

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Larry BobJoe
Community Member
3 years ago

Alright. SO I read this story on Quora.com so im not so sure how true this is. But somebody said that they used to be a construction worker and one day, the building across the street from his/her construction site caught fire. When the fire department arrived, they found somebody had parked infront of the hydrant. So, the fire men called over the construction teams bulldozer and with permission from the police, bulldozed the car out of the way.

Night Owl
Community Member
3 years ago

That's one way to get rid of your problems :)

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Zaheen Muhammad
Community Member
3 years ago

But why not over, under or by any of the sides of the cars?

Sussi Holland Jensen
Community Member
3 years ago

Easy... It takes too long. We need to be in action in a matter of minutes.

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Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

I have a technical question. Why are typical US hydrants equipped with a permanent standpipe? Hydrants over here are simply covers in the pavement, and firefighters bring their standpipe with them. This seems to be much more flexible, and standpipes to not take away space when not in use...

Calypso poet
Community Member
3 years ago

How do they locate them under the snow? Ohio here and it’s either 90 degrees or 2 feet of snow.

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