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Nashville Fire Dept. warns drivers not to drive over hoses

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Driving over the hoses can severely damage them. (WSMV) Driving over the hoses can severely damage them. (WSMV)

The Nashville Fire Department says its water hoses are being damaged because drivers are running over them.

It’s happening so often that firefighters are now asking for the public’s help.

When lives and property are at risk, firefighters count on their most important tool.

“The line brings the water and the water is the lifeline,” said Captain Lamont Ramsey with the Nashville Fire Department.

At a recent apartment fire in Bellevue, one of the water hoses was damaged when a driver ran over it.

“Happens all the time,” Ramsey said.

Driver over the hose can also cut off the water for the firefighters who desperately need it.

“If the water goes out we have about seven minutes to get them out,” Ramsey said.

If one of the big hoses full of water splits in two, it could do damage to the people and property inside.

Each broken hose costs anywhere from $150 to $650 per section to replace. Driving over them can also damage people’s cars.

Fire officials said drivers should do whatever they must not to drive over the hoses, even if it’s inconvenient.

“We would do the same thing for you if it was your emergency, so just take a step back and think about this is a person’s worst time and we’re doing all we can to solve it and get out of there as soon as we can,” Ramsey said.

Fire officials said drivers caught driving over fire hoses could be cited.

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