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Drivers parking where they want, creating issues for firefighting crews

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Cars parking in front of fire hydrants has been a hurdle for firefighters in St. Louis City. Credit: KMOV Cars parking in front of fire hydrants has been a hurdle for firefighters in St. Louis City. Credit: KMOV

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Around St. Louis, it appears people are parking where they want and it's causing an issue for firefighting crews. 

"It is inconsiderate," says resident Tirra Parks Brown. 

Block after block, News 4 found drivers breaking the law, parking in front of fire hydrants. 

"It is ridiculous. It is sad," says Michael Heard. 

An example was a red truck on Indiana and Ann in McKinley Heights parked right in front of a hydrant. Blocks over in Tower Grove, the same thing. 

"If an emergency happens,  if it's your car that is the one that is keeping someone from saving a life," says Parks Brown. 

These are just some examples of the hurdles firefighters are facing more and more.

"To extinguish a fire, you need water. If our hydrant supply is obstructed and we can't get to the hydrant, it slows our operations down," says Cpt. Garon Mosby with St. Louis City Fire Department. 

Mosby says firefighters are having to resort to backups, such as finding other hydrants and using backup reserves of water that fire truck carry. All of that, wasting valuable time.

"It is not something we want to do but I don't care how new your car, if it is parked in front of a hydrant and we need water, we will go through your car," he says. 

If you park in front of a hydrant or do not leave at least 15 feet in front or behind one, you can face a ticket of $40.00 

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