Fire Hydrants introduce new city expense

New Fire Hydrant “flags” in Hoboken – are they necessary?

I’m sure most of you have spotted these new “fire hydrant flags” in Hoboken. Sort of like the “special” kid in your neighborhood who had the giant orange flag on his bike (to “protect” him from errant drivers), now Hoboken fire hydrants are equipped with “special” flags of their own. But why?

Fire Hydrant Flags in Hoboken NJ are they necessary

Another property tax-payer expense in Hoboken

For decades – Hoboken has survived JUST FINE with the fire hydrants the way they were.

Why all of a sudden has it become a necessity for these flags? Did the Hoboken fire department FORGET where the hydrants were?

Fire Hydrant Flags Hoboken NJ

Or maybe it’s so that DOGS can see them far in advance, so they can “save up” to make a special deposit (I call it “doggie twittering”) on the hydrant?

Dogs love fire hydrant flags in Hoboken NJ

How much will it cost in the long run?

Regardless – these flags may not cost a million dollars, but they’re still just another line-item on the ever-growing budget in the city. How many of these will get ripped off by juiced-up jug-heads trying to prove a point after their 10th Red Bull & Vodka? How much will it cost over the course of a decade? Can the money be used elsewhere? Or just not spent at all?

We already have painted “fire zones” on the street – will these flags really reduce crucial seconds from the response time the FD makes to each (false alarm) call?

Someone needs to think about all these little government expenses, even if they’re in the name of “public safety.” Because if they go un-checked for a long time, the expenses can spiral out of control. Just look around!

5 Responses

  1. HoboC says:

    They put the flags there so firefighters can find the hydrants if they get buried in snow.

  2. animal_lover says:

    They are at eye level – not the recommended hight for road signage. Somebody is going to get their “eye put out”.

  3. TheGreenMan says:

    I did a 2 minute search and found out they’re for when it snows. The question is, is it worth $50 to decrease the fire response time by a few minutes? I would say yes considering how much each minute means in response time.

    We’ve done “just fine” without them…maybe. Maybe in the past decades people have died because fire response was a few minutes too slow. Maybe a fire spread to another building because they lost some time not going directly to the hydrant. The definition of “just fine” is kind of loose without any facts. Why not ask the fire department if they’re valuable before throwing yet another rant up?

    Why would “jug heads” concentrate on these flags? Why not pull on a road sign, break a window, pick up a trash can?

    A few extra dollars for safety isn’t a bad expense.

    • iforgotmymantra says:

      The jug heads DO break windows and vandalize everything in sight. These hydrant flags will be bent, used and weapons, and altogether missing by the end of the summer. [quote comment=”222845″]I did a 2 minute search and found out they’re for when it snows. The question is, is it worth $50 to decrease the fire response time by a few minutes? I would say yes considering how much each minute means in response time.We’ve done “just fine” without them…maybe. Maybe in the past decades people have died because fire response was a few minutes too slow. Maybe a fire spread to another building because they lost some time not going directly to the hydrant. The definition of “just fine” is kind of loose without any facts. Why not ask the fire department if they’re valuable before throwing yet another rant up?Why would “jug heads” concentrate on these flags? Why not pull on a road sign, break a window, pick up a trash can?A few extra dollars for safety isn’t a bad expense.[/quote]

  4. homeworld says:

    We could also save money and get rid of the fire trucks. Make them walk like the mailman does.

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