That's crazy!!! I guess not all firemen have experience with crossing railroad tracks with a fire hose, but some companies don't have railroads in their fire district, so they have no experience dealing with the situation. If they get a call for mutual aid to a neighboring fire district with a railroad, they are untrained to deal with it, and this is likely what happened here. I couldn't count how many times as a fireman that I've had to dig the ballast out from under the rails and between two ties in order to put the hose UNDER THE RAILS.
Central North Carolina