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IFD warns public of dangers

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From Indianapolis Fire Department Facebook page today (Wednesday):

THIS IS NOT OK. While at a stoplight yesterday, IFD Engine 44 was notified by another motorist that a woman had jumped on the back of their engine and was using it for her own personal transportation. It is unclear how long the woman had been on the back of the engine.

THIS IS NOT OK. The crew, completely unaware, stopped the engine and asked the woman to vacate the apparatus. They were concerned for her safety and in return, she was less than kind with her remarks to the crew.

This could have resulted in critical or fatal injury to this woman, had the engine come to a rapid stop or been dispatched on a run and elevated to emergent status. The woman could have easily fallen off – again resulting in critical or fatal injury. THIS IS NOT OK.

Entering, stepping on or jumping on any piece of apparatus without express permission from the Officer in charge of the apparatus IS NOT OKAY. The danger this activity puts both the trespasser AND the crew in, is unacceptable.

24/7 365 – Your #IFD is 100% committed to helping keep you safe and we hope that this message is loud and clear.

Please do not use this post as an opportunity to discuss or debate the concerned motorist – using a phone while driving. We are very much in support of the Indiana Hands Free Driving Law set in place to protect all of us while on the road. We appreciate the motorists concern, making us aware and hope that going forward this is a one time moment they find themselves in.

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