OK. I know that all hydrants need to be tested. They need to work. There are no if ands or buts when it comes to having fully functioning infrastructure that firefighters stake their lives on every day.
That being said, did nobody at the TBFD think that opening up a hydrant in sub-zero temperatures in a park, adjacent to a recreation trail just may create a public safety hazard and maintenance nightmare for the Parks Department?
Could this have been prevented? Was everything done that could have been done to prevent this? I know that Environment Canada did not issue a cold weather alert. Will a consultant find that the creation of this eerie icescape was unavoidable? Hard to say. What I do know is that once that hydrant was opened up, there was nothing the City of Thunder Bay could have done to prevent this from happening. The ice was inevitable.
Could this have been done in ..say…fall? Could a hose not be used directing the water into a catchbasin or the lake? Evidently not because I am sure if those choices were available, one of them would have been used. Only an idiot would turn on a hydrant in mid December if it wasn’t necessary. I’m sure the TBFD has a perfectly reasonable explanation for this. It might be nice to hear.
Its also nice that the TBFD simply left the mess for….