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Keep firefighters safe, don't drive over fire hoses

Posted: 5:27 PM, Jan 12, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-12 18:27:26-05
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CITY OF KAUKAUNA (NBC 26) -- City of Kaukauna Fire Department recently shared an important reminder to not drive over firefighter hoses in order to keep emergency responders safe on the job.

Assistant Fire Chief Chad Gerrits states in an online post how a safe fire scene is crucial for their protection. Water is a lifeline for firefighters, Gerrits explains, as water is the only thing keeping firefighters from the heat and flames.

According to Garrits, this safety reminder comes because of an individual who drove past a police barricade and over a hose hooked up to a hydrant. This put the hose out of service and endangered the firefighters on scene.

Gerrits asks people to note State Statute 346.91 Crossing fire hose: "No person without the consent of the fire department official in command may drive a vehicle over any unprotected hose of a fire department when such hose is laid down on any street or private driveway to be used at any training exercise, scene of an emergency, or alarm of emergency."

With this reminder, Gerrits hopes people are mindful as they approach a fire scene. He stressed how your action can become a life-changing factor for the firefighters of your community. They need the help of everyone to keep emergency responders safe so they can return to their families.