Why have fire zones?

11/04/2009:

While I personally think that “fire zones” in Hoboken (and anywhere else for that matter) aren’t necessarily for parking fire vehicles – but rather to make room to maneuver hoses, easy access to hydrants, etc. – one Hoboken411 reader thinks they’re just a waste of valuable parking spots… your call if you feel the same way.

Fire zones could be used for parking!

“I’m constantly seeing fire trucks and police cars block the entire street when responding to a call. Many times I’ve noticed firsthand that they have PLENTY of room to pull to the side but just don’t (as I’ve never in 9 years here seen them responding to an emergency… it’s always something that isn’t urgent like a false alarm). Here is a picture of a fire truck blocking southbound traffic on Grand St. on the corner of 3rd last week. Why do we have fire zones that could be used for resident parking if they are not used!!!??? In 9 years in Hoboken I know for a FACT that trucks block the roads and DO NOT use the fire zones.

This would be more acceptable to me if there were no fire zones and thus more resident parking if the trucks are just going to sit in the middle of the road!!!!”

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15 Comments on "Why have fire zones?"

homeworld
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When the FD responds to an alarm they don’t know if it is false or not. Therefore all calls are emergencies.

RBV
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The main comment I disagree with in this post is that these areas can be made into residental parking. If cars were parked all the way to the corner, it would be a lot harder for passing cars to see if a person is about to walk into the crosswalk. We all know that people think they have the right of way and just walk into the street without looking. I get extremely annoyed when I’m driving and almost hit someone because I didn’t see them due to cars blocking the view.

Reality-No BS
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Reality-No BS

I actually agree with the post. I was walking on Saturday and saw this take place. From my perspective nobody’s home needed to be saved and there was no emergency. All the respondents who said “when your home is on fire” and “just glad they’ll come” ….well….there was no apparent fire at this incident and a number of firefighters were casually talking on the corner. Your comments are relevant for emergency situations. This was not one. Seems like a matter the context of the picture being unclear. OF COURSE if there is a serious incident they should do whatever is necessary…but as anyone who has lived here long enough knows, MOST of the calls are NOT emergencies and THUS DO NOT require quick parking by HFD. I think that was the point if I read correctly.

ps. one reason i think i agree is that i have friends in other fire departments who have told me they routinely block streets for non-emergencies because they CAN, not because it helps them do their job.

Also “shhhdonttell”…you called the person a color! lol

homeworld
Member

Hey idiot… Want to have your apartment burn down while the firefighters try to hook up to a hydrant that has a car blocking it?

TheGreenMan
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TheGreenMan

Oddly enough, if this fire call was Saturday, I think I was the second car behind the truck. Despite my dog barking at the group of people on the side of the road (I should’ve put my windows up), I don’t mind waiting for a fire truck. Meanwhile, the guy on the motorcycle shot by and squeezed past the truck as they answered the call, and the car in front of me eventually moved up and tried to pass on the right also.

Fire zones and fire trucks are an occasional “nuisance” that might cost you a few minutes going somewhere or trying to park. Meanwhile, if there’s a real fire in your place, you’d be the first to complain that they weren’t fast enough.

As someone stated before, fire zones are there to give the firefighters room to maneuver and do their job. You’re lucky they’re there, they could save a life at some point…and one life is worth years of parking “inconvenience”.

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

Couldn’t have said it any better.

In response to TheGreenMan who said:
Oddly enough, if this fire call was Saturday, I think I was the second car behind the truck. Despite my dog barking at the group of people on the side of the road (I should’ve put my windows up), I don’t mind waiting for a fire truck. Meanwhile, the guy on the motorcycle shot by and squeezed past the truck as they answered the call, and the car in front of me eventually moved up and tried to pass on the right also.

Fire zones and fire trucks are an occasional “nuisance” that might cost you a few minutes going somewhere or trying to park. Meanwhile, if there’s a real fire in your place, you’d be the first to complain that they weren’t fast enough.

As someone stated before, fire zones are there to give the firefighters room to maneuver and do their job. You’re lucky they’re there, they could save a life at some point…and one life is worth years of parking “inconvenience”.

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