I'm sure everyone has seen the images making their way around the internet supposedly from Boston. A car is parked in front of a fire hydrant and the firemen bust out the windows in the car and run the hose through it. Here's one: Here's another: And yet another: I overheard a group of fire fighter trainees thumping their chests the other day at dinner about how they "had to bust out windows of a car because it was parked in the fire lane" and I just had to wonder... Wouldn't it take even longer to bust out windows on both sides of the car and thread the hose through than just simply passing it over the car? Don't get me wrong, the dude is a prick for parking in front of a hydrant, but seriously, are the hoses THAT inflexible that the ONLY means of getting it from point A to point B is that exact line? Seems to me that over is a lot easier than through. I'd think also if someone came out and saw that there was a hose going through their now-trashed vehicle, they might just decide to hop in and try to drive off not caring what they did to the hose in the process (just to add to the dick-ish-ness). Again, I'm not harping on legitimate fire fighters - my brother-in-law is a Deputy Chief of our local firehouse.