This is not a new story, but it’s still worth seeing. Back in 2013, The City of Merced Fire Department of California went viral with their video, not because they saved someone’s life, but for their necessary “hosing” technique. One firefighter damaged a car parked in front of the hydrant and he had more than good reason for that.
One careless driver blocked a hydrant and left their car sitting there whole day.
A fire started at the business nearby and the firefighter had no other choice than to throw the hose directly through the driver’s car, shattering both windows.
Don Long, Deputy Chief of the department, was stunned when his engineer did the only thing he really could in the situation. “He just took his hydrant wrench and took out the driver’s side, walked over took out the passenger side,” he told CNN.
It’s crucial to keep the hose straight, as one minor kink could cut the water supply in half, resulting in a failed attempt to put out a fire.
This is one really powerful reminder to never park a car in front of a hydrant.