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Old 07-21-2015, 05:56 AM
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So, on the way to work today, I was sitting at a stop light and noticed a jerry can on the road leaking (presumably with gas). 3 mins later, a full-size fire truck comes rolling up, sirens ablazin' and 3 guys hop out while truck is parked blocking 2 lanes (understandable, I guess). Guys grab shovel and start shoveling dirt onto the spill and moving the can.

Now, my question is...was it really necessary for a truck that probably gets 3-4 miles to the gallon to come do all of that? And, why wouldn't a truck like that have some oil dry or some other absorbent material to spread over spills?
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:39 AM
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I know Hanahan is a pretty busy place, but why were you sitting in the same spot for 3 min? Wait, were you at the 5 min rivers/remount light?

I doubt they have "floor dry" but they should have spill kits. Using dirt now makes that dirt contaminated, which now needs to be removed and treated as Hazmat.

To answer your question... Yes, they needed that big truck. It carries water onboard in case that can exploded.
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:45 AM
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If that were the only way tax payer money was being wasted we'd all be on easy street.
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I think the other issue may be keeping the duty crew intact. If two guys go out in a pickup to deal with this minor issue, then the engine crew is not complete to answer a call - effectively taking the truck out of service.
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I think the other issue may be keeping the duty crew intact. If two guys go out in a pickup to deal with this minor issue, then the engine crew is not complete to answer a call - effectively taking the truck out of service.
In our city, when there's an ambulance call, a full fire truck also responds because they can often get there sooner than the ambulance and have much the same training and equipment. I know the fire truck beat the ambulance to my house when I was injured in a fall.
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
So, on the way to work today, I was sitting at a stop light and noticed a jerry can on the road leaking (presumably with gas). 3 mins later, a full-size fire truck comes rolling up, sirens ablazin' and 3 guys hop out while truck is parked blocking 2 lanes (understandable, I guess). Guys grab shovel and start shoveling dirt onto the spill and moving the can.

Now, my question is...was it really necessary for a truck that probably gets 3-4 miles to the gallon to come do all of that? And, why wouldn't a truck like that have some oil dry or some other absorbent material to spread over spills?

It all depends on how the call came into them. For all we know some bat chit crazy person called in a major gas spill that could ignite at any time.

surprised no police car too. Here a fire truck does not roll without police.
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.......and several dozen volunteer fire fighters all flying to the seen with their little red blinky lights on.
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by friogatto View Post
I know Hanahan is a pretty busy place, but why were you sitting in the same spot for 3 min? Wait, were you at the 5 min rivers/remount light?

I doubt they have "floor dry" but they should have spill kits. Using dirt now makes that dirt contaminated, which now needs to be removed and treated as Hazmat.

To answer your question... Yes, they needed that big truck. It carries water onboard in case that can exploded.
It was NCFD...Rivers and Trashley intersection.
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It all depends on how the call came into them. For all we know some bat chit crazy person called in a major gas spill that could ignite at any time.
That wouldn't surprise me...If myself or my dad were on the other side, we probably would have pulled over and grabbed the can and gone about our way.

My dad will stop for buckets and risk his life on occasion...my mom gives him hell for it, too.
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That wouldn't surprise me...If myself or my dad were on the other side, we probably would have pulled over and grabbed the can and gone about our way.

My dad will stop for buckets and risk his life on occasion...my mom gives him hell for it, too.
Two years ago i was rear ended at a stop light. I was stopped and the guy that hit me was going 5MPH TOPS. We get out, everyone is ok, minimal damage. We exchange info - no need for police.

We then hear sirens and neither of us think they can be for us. Two police cars, three fire trucks, and an ambulance shows up.

I tell the officer "Little over kill no?" He says that the call came in as a - major accident in the intersection with one car on its side and probable injuries. Me and the other guy just laughed.
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