Firefighters demonstrate dangers of blocking fire hydrant


A viral photo of a car’s windows broken out after the driver parked in front of a fire hydrant has received some unexpected criticism.

“It’s been shown literally around the world, 2 million hits so far,” Sgt. Wyatt said. 

The now viral picture tells a story.

When firefighters have seconds to act, they will do whatever it takes to put out a fire, including breaking the back windows of a car parked illegally. But when Sergeant Daron Wyatt with the Anaheim Fire Department posted the picture he got some unexpected backlash.

“Some people thought we posted to humiliate…illustrate and educate,” Sgt. Wyatt said. “We had a few people who questioned why we didn’t put the hose under or over the car, we wanted to demonstrate to people that it isn’t feasible to do that because of the flow of the water and the kink of the hose and it’s just not possible.”

In a video just released by the fire department, firefighters demonstrated slowing the flow of water by going around the car could have had disastrous effects.

Eight people were trapped inside the house fire, but crews were able to get them out safe.

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