Comment 99788

By StephenBarath (registered) | Posted April 04, 2014 at 08:28:50 in reply to Comment 99784

That’s right. We can’t plan our lives solely around emergencies (imagine if we did), and sometimes doing so can actually lead to more of them. I read that book ‘Suburban Nation’ not too long ago, and they make a lot of the fact that road designs in new subdivisions (and existing) are influenced to a great extent by fire departments’ desire to be able to get huge rigs (or multiple huge rigs) to a hypothetical fire very, very quickly. Eventually in a lot of these places you have the situation where there has never been a fire, but the road design has killed or injured a handful of children. If there ever was a fire, that particular home owner might be very pleased that two big trucks were able to quickly manoeuvre the unnecessarily wide roads in his community that he’d been suffering all those years.

This is to say nothing of the fact that building codes (and a host of other factors) make fire calls less common nowadays, and that maybe smaller vehicles could be appropriate in a lot of cases. That’s probably not going to fly in Ontario any time soon, where fire fighters can be awarded pay for “lost overtime” if a city decides to sell a truck that is no longer required:

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