Car-fire engine collision blocks road

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 9:21 AM
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A fire engine collided with a car Thursday morning, briefly blocking lanes on Reynolds Street.

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Battalion Chief Chris Reid said the ladder truck was leaving the fire station at Reynolds and 11th streets with lights flashing when it struck a vehicle in the outside lane of Reynolds Street.

Reid said that other vehicles had stopped for the fire engine but that one tried to “scoot by it” and was hit.

The fire engine was not headed to a fire at the time of the crash. Reid said the move from the bay to the side of the building with lights and siren on is part of normal morning operations.

An ambulance was called to the scene, but no one was injured.

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GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 10/17/13 - 10:13 am
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Sorry but....

the move from the bay to the side of the building with lights and siren is part of normal morning operations? Lights and sirens are for emergencies only. I have seen deputies turn their lights on to run red lights and then park right down the road at a fast food joint. It should be a ticketed offense for doing either.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/17/13 - 10:47 am
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Size

Due to the size of these vehicles, it is necessary to test all equipment at the beginning of each shift. That includes a short drive with lights and siren to test that equipment at the same time.. It's been done for years, the fact that some Rocket Scientist decided to pass an emergency vehicle with lights operating disturbs me. That person not only was behaving in an ignorant manner but placed lives in jeopardy unnecessarily. Due to the size of this vehicle it's a safety precaution anytime it is pulled into the street to use warning equipment. I'm familiar with this station and they pull out the front, make a right turn onto Reynolds St, then a Right onto 11th St. then pull into the rear yard of the station to complete the mornings work which often includes the cleaning of them from the previous nights use. These people respond to calls 24/7/365 and normally at night only replace equipment used, the clean up happens the next morning. Now, if you see a deputy doing as you have said, get a car number, note the date and time and contact the Sheriff's office.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 10/17/13 - 11:36 am
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I forgot

to add that this doesn't excuse what the driver did. I didn't mean it as it was the firetruck's fault. Thanks for the info on why. The article could have made that a little clearer.

Parnell S
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Parnell S 10/18/13 - 01:33 pm
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Legal Issues

As a retired attorney I see the legal side of this. By state law the use if red / blue lights and siren only ask for the right of way. They DO NOT give the right to take it. Furthermore the use of these devices are strictly for emergency use. If this is the norm for the department what a serious mistake. The addition of a serious injury or fatality to an incident of this type would have costly results.
Why couldn't the emergency lights be tested in the back yard out the view of traffic?

Parnell S
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Parnell S 10/18/13 - 01:33 pm
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Legal Issues

As a retired attorney I see the legal side of this. By state law the use if red / blue lights and siren only ask for the right of way. They DO NOT give the right to take it. Furthermore the use of these devices are strictly for emergency use. If this is the norm for the department what a serious mistake. The addition of a serious injury or fatality to an incident of this type would have costly results.
Why couldn't the emergency lights be tested in the back yard out the view of traffic?

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