Harrison, Arkansas Imagine the thought of your house being on fire and firefighters efforts to stop the blaze hampered by your fellow citizens carelessly moving barricades to the hoses and running over them, stopping the water supply.
That's exactly what happened in Harrison, Arkansas recently and local authorities are looking to find as many as four people who may have been involved.
It's a situation that's become all too familiar in the Ozarks as it happens more often than you might think.
The Harrison fire department was responding to a house fire just south of town and set up their hoses to a near-by fire hydrant.. But during the time they were fighting that blaze some passing motorists took down their barricades and ran over the five-inch hoses.
"This is their lifeline," assistant fire chief Darrell Pace said of his firefighters on the scene. "Without that they could die inside that house without their water in there."
in addition to putting firefighters lives in danger, it's also against the law.
"It's just common sense that when you see a hose across the road that you don't go across it," Pace said. "It is a criminal offense. You can be fined up to $369 for running over a fire hose. Not to mention it's also a criminal offense to take and move a barricade and go through a barricade. It's just like any traffic signal light to stop sign."
Officials say this is a lack of consideration they see more and more in our society today. A symptom of other problems such as not pulling over to the right side of the road when you see the flashing lights of emergency vehicles such as police and ambulances.
"In years past people paid more attention to their surroundings," said Harrison police chief Paul Woodruff. "Now people are not paying attention to their driving. They're on the phone or paying attention to their navigation equipment."
"It is a common deal anymore for police, fire, EMS, anyone with lights on," Pace said. "People are supposed to pull over to the right if at all possible."
"By not pulling over, you're slowing the emergency vehicle down," Woodruff added. "They're attempting to get somewhere many times to save a life and you're slowing their response time down."
So whether it's running over fire hoses or pulling over for emergency vehicles, it's simply a matter of having some consideration for others.