See a fire hose in the road? Don’t drive over it.
Pennington County Firefighters are reminding drivers to avoid hoses
RAPID CITY, S.D. — After a fire ravaged a garage just north of Rapid City Thursday night, firefighters are reminding drivers to stay away from active hoses.
During the fire attack, the intersection of Country Rd. and 143rd Ave. was closed “due to large-diameter fire hose being across the road to access a nearby fire hydrant on the opposite side of the intersection,” according to a release from Pennington County Fire.
Asst. Chief of Administration for the North Haines Volunteer Fire Department, Matt Thompson, says there was at least one attempt by a driver to cross the hose while in use.
“Say if we’ve got firefighters and hose lines on a structure and they lose water to their truck, that could be detrimental to the firefighters,” said Thompson. “They could potentially get trapped inside the fire if they’re losing all their water flow.”
The bill for any damage can range from a couple hundred dollars for hose damage to tens of thousands of dollars for damage done to water lines or the truck itself.
Driving over hoses is also a class two misdemeanor in South Dakota which is punishable up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both.
“Ultimately, not a good idea,” said Thompson.