I wasn't thinking of how to do less damage to the vehicle - frankly, they parked in front of the hydrant so they don't get to complain. My point was that by busting out the windows to "thread the needle" through the vehicle seems more for the "shock and awe" of the photo opportunity than simply laying it over the hood and fenders or opening the doors and going straight across. I just hope that common sense prevails in these situations instead of just raw, "I feel the need to bust some stuff". I found this picture as a result of looking for the Boston story: In this case, the hose was already run on the ground. Busting out the windows only proved to increase the number of turns in the hose and increase the elevation of the hose only then to drop it back down to the road again.