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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnee View Post
    Well my friend, I am not from a one horse, mom and pop department. In fact part of a large metro department with 7 large career and some with both career and volunteer members in the general area. We too have our traffic and quite often traffic being backed up at traffic signals. With the help of a opti com system this opens up the lane for the responding apparatus to get through. No I will never say that we haven't taken the 'third' lane and bypass the stopped traffic. In the old days, 1970's we did just that. Now days with the advent of more cars, traffic and people that do not hear or pay attention to an emegency vehicle(s) runing lights and siren, we have new SOP's to govern how apparatus is driven.


    You have to understand that every firefighter isn't in California and have the nice wide streets and avenues as you guys have. We on the side of the country don't have the wide streets unless you are in the downtown part of DC where their streets are much wider than in other parts of that town.

    Regardless on how you guys drive, we wish you good luck and a good response. We do it some what different on our side of the US.

    As far as a major apparatus accident, knock on wood, we haven't one for sometime. Not wanting to be in any more as I have been in one that scared the bijeebies out of me when I had been on the job for about two years.

    It isn't any fun.

    Yes we have the usual scrapes and brusies that other vehicle(s) jump out on us and hit the side or a driver will catch a tree limb or utlity pole every now and then.

    If we all had,”Nice wide streets and avenues" we wouldn't be driving tillers. Just because our driving style is aggressive and might be intimidating to some doesn't mean it is wrong.

    This is how it is done out here in Cali.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BKDRAFT View Post
    If we all had,”Nice wide streets and avenues" we wouldn't be driving tillers. Just because our driving style is aggressive and might be intimidating to some doesn't mean it is wrong.

    This is how it is done out here in Cali.
    Seems like a perfectly reasonable response to me, maybe a little agressive but not to the point where I would say it was wrong, I am in a fairly small town and don't deal with City traffic. I didn't real see anything wrong with the video that started this thread either, Thanks for sharing them Guys!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKDRAFT View Post
    If we all had,”Nice wide streets and avenues" we wouldn't be driving tillers. Just because our driving style is aggressive and might be intimidating to some doesn't mean it is wrong.

    This is how it is done out here in Cali.
    Seriously, and honestly. You are really proud of that?

    Not that the guy from Va also pontificating is right. But seriously?

    Half that video they were driving on the wrong side of traffic with NO traffic on the street on the proper side. Traffic on their side was YIELDING to them pulling to the right and they still stayed in the incoming traffic lanes.

    Hey if you are proud of it, whatever. But it is videos like that, that allow certain other ******bags on these boards to pontificate worse than Jonee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocVBFDE14 View Post
    Seriously, and honestly. You are really proud of that?

    Not that the guy from Va also pontificating is right. But seriously?

    Half that video they were driving on the wrong side of traffic with NO traffic on the street on the proper side. Traffic on their side was YIELDING to them pulling to the right and they still stayed in the incoming traffic lanes.

    Hey if you are proud of it, whatever. But it is videos like that, that allow certain other ******bags on these boards to pontificate worse than Jonee.
    Driving in the center is done for specific reasons. Not only are you easier to be seen by other drivers but it also allows you more room to react if needed. Both sides yield if you drive in the center.

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