The City of Merced Fire Department of California went viral in 2013. Due to an emergency, a fire engineer was forced to use the hose directly through a driver’s car, after parking in front of a fire hydrant. This could be dangerous as a fire could start while access to the hydrant is blocked
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 and took out the passenger side,” he told CNN.
It is crucial to keep the hose straight, any minor movement could cut the water supply, resulting in attempt to put out a fire.