Skip to comments.Why you should NEVER park in front of a hydrant: Boston firefighters smash BMW windows....
Posted on 04/10/2014 9:40:18 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
A Boston BMW owner made the mistake of parking illegally in front of a fire hydrant, so fire fighters battling an 8-alarm blaze simply smashed a hose through the windows Wednesday night.
It appears to be an act of retaliation at first, but firefighters say the fire hose must be as straight as possible to maintain water pressure.
And with this multi-home inferno, they needed everything in perfect working order.
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Wouldn't it be straighter if it went under the BMW instead of through it???
I suspect that there are plenty of BMW owners who could use some object lessons in common courtesy.
I think they should have used their tools to remove the center portion of the cars so the hose could be as straight as possible.
I am with the Fire Department on this one.
Is there something about a BMW that makes the owner think he is better than anybody else?
Or does he buy a BMW because he thinks he is better than anybody else?
...or...the jackass BMW driver could NOT park his car in front of hydrants for this very reason!
There is one driver just a little wiser about parking in front of a hydrant. Maybe. Depends on whom the driver voted for in the last 2 elections.
Actually, in that first photo the hose looks like it has a kink in it. And also that there’s no way to run the hose under or over the car without having a similar kink. I don’t think the firefighters had much time to think the matter over. And the BMW guy deserves a big fine for obstructing the hydrant.
Good for the Firefighters!
I think they did it because they could. If they used one of the side outlets on the hydrant and it probably would have been quicker than smashing the windows and feeding the hose through, but less entertaining.
NP, the engineer, confirms this fluid dynamics principle, and notes that the hose connections on the hydrant are often at car window height.
Straight out of the hydrant would often be directly through the side windows.
I wonder how many illegals were displaced by this fire.....
BMW Joke...keeping in the spirit.
A hobo comes up to the front door of a neat looking farmhouse and raps gently on the door. When the farm owner answers, the hobo asks him, “Please, sir, could you give me something to eat? I haven’t had a good meal in several days.”
The owner says, “I have made a fortune in my lifetime by supplying goods for people. I’ve never given anything away for nothing. However, if you go around the back, you will see a gallon of paint and a clean paint brush. If you will paint my porch, I will give you a good meal.”
So the hobo goes around back and a while later he again knocks on the door. The owner says, “Finished already? Good. Come on in. Sit down. The cook will bring your meal right in.”
The hobo says, “Thank you very much, sir. But there’s something that I think you should know. It’s not a Porsche you got there. It’s a BMW.”
..and the difference between a BMW driver and a porcupine is ???...
... ..the fire hose must be as straight as possible to maintain water pressure....
Unless your name is Bill Clinton.
Here is the pic I thought I'd see.
Just last week, Boston buried two firefighters . They are not going to put up with ANY nonsense.
Take a guess.......
The backstory on that pic in post 15. From 2003.
“Authorities believe a vehicle parked in the garage of one of the homes exploded.”
A Volt? Or a Tesla?
The car owner should be glad he’s going to have to replace some windows and pay a fine. Car could have been filled with water. I am with the firefighters on this one.
Perhaps he KNOWS he is better but no one has seemed to notice yet? Advertizing, man!
The side outlets on a fire hydrant are smaller. The main outlet is intended for connection to the fire truck pumper unit to help pump the water to put out large fires.
Right. The extra time the firefighters had to work around or through that law-breaker’s vehicle, both additional life and property loss could occur.
Based on the position of the hydrant and hose, they should have ripped his doors off too.
This guy paid $300K for a parking space in Back Bay....
....and the story is East Boston....a different kettle of fish. Remember the BFD lost one of their own a few weeks ago, in awful OTJ accident. East Boston is a pretty tough neighborhood.
I'm glad the FD got some revenge. Those 3-stackers are so close to each other....a whole neighborhood could have gone up.
No doubt Obunga voters.
There is not much room UNDER a BMW. Just a few inches.
It looks like going down under the car would have worked much better than what they did.
Seems to me bashing the car with a firetruck and shoving the mangled wreck out of the way would have made for a straighter hose....
I have no problem with this.
In my neighborhood, we have people who insist on parking on both sides of the street where there is a fairly sharp turn. They could park in their driveways and not be on the street, so it’s not a necessity issue. There isn’t enough room for a fire truck to get through; not without touching their cars. One thing I’ve learned is that you do not get between firemen and a fire. That truck will crash right through the cars to get where they need to go, and the city will sue for the damage to the truck.
I’ve told the neighbors this. We’ll see if it ever comes to that.
Beemer in Boston...what do you think?
What's the difference between a BMW and a porcupine?
With a porcupine, the prick is on the outside.
You can use substitute any make/model of car; it's a very versatile joke.
> ..and the difference between a BMW driver and a porcupine is ???...
With a porcupine, the pricks are on the outside.
Authorities believe a vehicle parked in the garage of one of the homes exploded.
Plus the start of the fire was another car in a garage? It exploded?
When does that ever happen?
1. Terrorism, we have a track record there.
2. Electric car battery (or hydrogen vapors) explosion?
I'll bet on 2.
Very funny. (It took me a minute) :-)
Of course he thinks he’s better than anybody else.
He’s a racist republican too.
People are easily led to class envy.
A little surprised to see it here.
(ftr, I’m with the FD)
Once they had broken the drivers window couldn’t they have released the parking brake, put it in neutral, and pushed it back getting it all the way out of the way?
Wouldn’t that have worked better than running a kinked hose through broken glass???
A former city municipal worker used to tell us about the local PD officers thought it would be OK to get a free car wash when the workers were clearing the lines or making sure the fire hydrants were in good working order.
One LEO moved in front of the hydrant at a low rate of speed. When he got back to the HQ, the entire right side of the squad car was smashed in to the reinforcements.
I don’t think the transmission can be shifted into Neutral without the key in the ignition.
You’re right — I just checked my non-BMW and the key does have to be in the ignition — another drawback of newer vehicles.
Not just newer vehicles, though it depend on how you define ‘newer’.
Every vehicle with a automatic transmission I’ve owned since 1970 needed the key to get it out of Park.
Would not be surprised if the owner gets sued by the fire victims as the car impeaded the FD from putting the fire out timly.
You just called me out. I own a BMW as I would not buy a Gov motors car.
when I lived on lower Comm Ave in the late 70's I paid 35.00 a month for my space in back of my building.