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09-03-2010 12:20 PM
89jeepster Well in that case I guess that is pretty cool y'all get to do that. I'll admit that would be a very annoying problem to run into. We don't see it much here in the suburbs. As a young company officer I would hate to be the first guy to have to make that decision in our young department. Especially since we have other hydrants within 500 ft just about anywhere in the city. Again didn't mean any disrespect.
09-03-2010 12:11 PM
castorj29 Isnt that the truth...........i think i heard them too
09-03-2010 11:35 AM
VolForce as a professional firefighter for the last 20 years+, it is very irratating when you have to avoid cars etc sitting in the fire lane to a location that you are responding to. Blocking hydrants? that is criminal, we do have to find alternative hydrants when that happens, using the bumper on your engine to move a car is not acceptable.
When we go to the Grocery in our engine we have to park all the way out at the end of the lot, then we walk by and ask the people in the fire lane why they feel it's ok to block it.....we get lots of colorful comments back.
09-03-2010 11:34 AM
sonofabeach I hate that too, well except when I'm at a Red Box.

Not really...but I see people do that all the time.
09-03-2010 11:21 AM
Gate53
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Originally Posted by castorj29 View Post
When i was working with the fire dept. We had a fire in a garage. Pulled up next a hydrant and what did we have? Some one parked there vehicle right in front of the hydrant. Man i was so excited. I always wished someone would park in front of a hydrant. So.....all i could do was take my spanner wrench and knock out this dudes driver side window,and the passenger window. Then we pulled a dirty 2-1/2" fire hose through the windows and hooked it up to the hydrant. When we were all done. This guys car had about 8" of water on the floor,and his dash was a mess. Cops looked at us ans just said. "Good for you guys"
Wish I had thought of that! I was on a VFD up in IL and we had a Beemer in front of a hydrant. The guys were going to push it out of the way with the truck but I knew the guy who owned it and did it with my pickup. I had an I-beam front bumper that matched up with his trunk lid and all his lights. At about 10 MPH it wasn't pretty. Moved it about a 1/2 block down the street.
09-03-2010 11:09 AM
castorj29 Like i said, i always wanted to do that. And i got my wish..........Yep.....just like that
09-03-2010 10:54 AM
burton160w the first thing that came to mind when I saw the thread title was this picture



and this is perfectly legal as already stated. there's really very few other ways to do it, since you don't want to impede water flow by going around the car. good for you for destroying the car windows.

I'm guilty of two things mentioned. parking out in front of a store while someone goes inside. it's not that i plan on leaving the car, but it's easier just to wait for my mother then hope for a spot where i can see the exit in plain view. if an emergency vehicle comes up, you can be damn sure that I'm going to be moving out of the way. but at least I don't have any windows that can be busted out to get the hose through, though those windshields are a bitch to replace.

The other thing I'm guilty of is parking in handicapped spots with my moms tag. My mother had a hip replacement done in decemeber and her commander has a tag in it. I've used it when I've gone to quick run-in places like WaWa. It's absolutely not right, and I know I'm potentially being an asshole, but it's something I'll admit I've done. Also, I have a huge problem with the abuse of those tags for obesity and other non-warranted issues.

But what bothers me the most? People who don't pull over for emergency vehicles. I hate that. I really HATE that.

Also littering. I don't let people litter out my car. I'll pull over and make you pick it up. This includes cigerretes. Smoke my Jeep up if you want, whatever, but when you're done ya gotta put the cig in my cupholder and I'll throw it out later.
09-01-2010 06:53 PM
harwa004
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Originally Posted by yj-genral View Post
hehe i just realized that that ^ was my 1000th post cool...
COOL!!!!
09-01-2010 06:31 PM
castorj29 LOL......go figure right
09-01-2010 03:39 PM
yotefever This reminds me when I was working down in Illinoise for about 4 months. Across from the hotel was a gym and it was funny watching everyone drive around looking for a close parking spot then go inside to walk or run for exercise.
09-01-2010 12:45 PM
1991 Wrangler YJ Renegade I get extremely irritated by this! Especially because I want to be a fire fighter. The people who park their cars their could cost someone their life... little dramatic, but you never know
09-01-2010 12:35 PM
yj-genral hehe i just realized that that ^ was my 1000th post cool...
09-01-2010 07:44 AM
yj-genral
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Actually that is not fraud and is perfectly acceptable. This is from the MD MVA: "The individual with the disability must be in the vehicle when it is parked in the accessible parking space and they must have their disability certification card to present to any law enforcement officer upon request."

i think your miss understood him...

KG4KPG said that:"Thing I hate most is when people park in the handicapped space just because they drove their handicapped relatives car"

i believe what you missed was that he was talking about people going to the store in a borrowed vehicle with a hang tag or their own car with a relatives hang tag... the handicapped person is sitting at home, NOT with them in the car, and they are still using the tag to park at the front of the parking lot... thats what i got from it and i see this more often then i see actual handicapped people getting out of the car or sitting in the car for that matter.
09-01-2010 07:24 AM
castorj29 When you have over 32 years in the fire service. You get real tired of people thinking that they can just park and do what ever they want. So think before you act. And yes this did happen in the movie Back Draft. Which is only Hollywood. In So.Calif. This stuff happens everyday,
09-01-2010 07:15 AM
daggo66
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Thing I hate most is when people park in the handicapped space just because they drove their handicapped relatives car. Handicapped Fraud just pisses me off.

Actually that is not fraud and is perfectly acceptable. This is from the MD MVA: "The individual with the disability must be in the vehicle when it is parked in the accessible parking space and they must have their disability certification card to present to any law enforcement officer upon request."
09-01-2010 01:24 AM
wasurfer86 when i see a car parked in the fire lane ill pull up behind them and wait about a min or so and then pull up beside them and fill them in that the parking spots are to the left or right.
08-31-2010 09:10 PM
chucky cheese Parking in a firelane or in front of a hydrant is against the law. If you do, that means you do not value other peoples lives and property. These areas are restricted for safety. Why is this even an argument? It's common sense. Of all the laws to obey, these are some of the most important. If you don't want to curb your dog or want to spit on the sidewalk go ahead and break those laws. I don't think you will endanger too many people. But a civil society cannot survive if common sense laws are poopooed.
08-31-2010 08:08 PM
yj-genral
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Wow, sounds a lot like Backdraft. Never thought a Professional FD would do that in these days and times. Seems like a law suit just waiting to happen. Just because somebody commits a class c misdemeanor doesn't really give the local FD the go ahead to destroy there property unless there is absolutely no other possible way to get water on the fire. I know this would definantly be a tough one to explain to the chief. Just my opinion though. But no disrespect, I wasn't there so who am I to judge.
its against the law for a reason. a professional fireman would do it in a heart beat because thats all the time they have. what are they suppose to do hook up to a different hydrant because some schmuck broke the law? you cant go over the car or under the car either. it is actually common practice to to go through the car if it is blocking a hydrant. no excuse... its the law. cant give out warnings to those people when someones life is in danger...

you may think that its over the top because you saw it in some movie but its in the movie because its the real deal...



and the shopping carts in the middle of the parking lot is ridiculous as well... i hate that

also i hate handicap fraud as well... i always look to see if the person getting out of the car is handicapped because if they arent they shouldnt be parked there... i dont care if its your grandmas car or hand tag... being a human used to mean something... respect for others, the law, and principles...
08-31-2010 06:20 PM
KBR97
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Originally Posted by 89jeepster View Post
Wow, sounds a lot like Backdraft. Never thought a Professional FD would do that in these days and times. Seems like a law suit just waiting to happen. Just because somebody commits a class c misdemeanor doesn't really give the local FD the go ahead to destroy there property unless there is absolutely no other possible way to get water on the fire. I know this would definantly be a tough one to explain to the chief. Just my opinion though. But no disrespect, I wasn't there so who am I to judge.
The class of the ticket or penalty has nothing to do with it. The dumbass who parked in front of a hydrant is now endangering the lives of every single person involved in fighting the fire, rescuing survivors and protecting other property. Every second counts when it comes to fighting a fire and saving peoples lives. Ive been inside burning buildings and homes when water supply was an issue...its a whole new ball game.

Just think about the lawsuit and possible manslaughter charges that could come up if someone died in a fire and the hydrant was inaccessible because someone was parked in front of it, therefore slowing down the hydrant hookup or maybe even stopping it completely.
08-31-2010 06:12 PM
89jeepster Wow, sounds a lot like Backdraft. Never thought a Professional FD would do that in these days and times. Seems like a law suit just waiting to happen. Just because somebody commits a class c misdemeanor doesn't really give the local FD the go ahead to destroy there property unless there is absolutely no other possible way to get water on the fire. I know this would definantly be a tough one to explain to the chief. Just my opinion though. But no disrespect, I wasn't there so who am I to judge.
08-31-2010 06:07 PM
pokey Here in SoCal (at least Orange County) they are so into revenue enhancement they'll jump on you in a second with a big time fine. Little white pickups with Police logos on the door being driven by teenagers for the sole purpose of writing parking tickets.

I guess this is a good thing for us law abiders, but it seems some schmucks are lining their pockets with that money as our cities go downhill.
08-31-2010 05:57 PM
KBR97 On occasion I may stop for a few minutes in one of those fire lanes but I would never park there, thats just asking for a ticket. Maybe to just let a passenger jump out and run inside quick or to load a heavy item.
08-31-2010 05:55 PM
530ktm I see this stuff all the time out here in L.A. area. They have spaces reserved for the elderly at some of the grocery stores and I always see some snot nosed little twerp pull in, hop out and run into the store. My wife says I let too many little things bother me but I hate all the lazy ass_____s who park where they shouldn't as well as leave their stinking shopping cart right in the middle of a parking space because they are too lazy to walk 50 feet and put it in the return rack.

Castorj29, you made my day. I wish I could see the face on the schmuck who owned the car.
08-31-2010 05:49 PM
RhcSavage21 i enjoy watching the people who spend 10+min driving around the parking lot waiting for a closer space to open up when half the lot is empty. i enjoy starting up my jeep and throwing it into reverse for a couple seconds to see if i can get someone to wait for me to pull out after they have passed me several times already. toss it back into park and walk to class. ooooo they get so pissed!
08-31-2010 05:44 PM
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08-31-2010 05:44 PM
harwa004 Oh, I wish I could've been there to see that Castor!



I agree. They are not any better than the rest of us, and it will not kill them to walk the extra 20 feet.

And if the person they are "dropping off" is so bad off they cannot walk into the store from the parking space, then shouldn't the A$$hole sitting in the fire lane go in for them?

I know, I know. That is not the reason, but their logic just pisses me off too!
08-31-2010 05:38 PM
RhcSavage21
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When i was working with the fire dept. We had a fire in a garage. Pulled up next a hydrant and what did we have? Some one parked there vehicle right in front of the hydrant. Man i was so excited. I always wished someone would park in front of a hydrant. So.....all i could do was take my spanner wrench and knock out this dudes driver side window,and the passenger window. Then we pulled a dirty 2-1/2" fire hose through the windows and hooked it up to the hydrant. When we were all done. This guys car had about 8" of water on the floor,and his dash was a mess. Cops looked at us ans just said. "Good for you guys"
dude your my hero!
08-31-2010 05:22 PM
andreafahy01 Good for you castor!

My husband runs a grocery store and has been known to call in cars parked in the fire lane
08-31-2010 04:06 PM
phantomofrussia wow, that is just messed up!

I would just call the towing company on the car parked there for such a long time. That would teach those lazy a$$ bums. For those that are just standing there, walk up to their windows and tell them to *(&*(^@ move!!!!!!
08-31-2010 03:59 PM
Jma20a i got to see a fire truck push a car out of the fire lane and into the middle of the road blocking traffic. the best part is that there was no fire, some woman locked her keys in her car at a gas station and in the town i live in the fire department is called to open the door. and her car was on the other side of the parking lot.
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