So fire sprinklers in parking garages are useful

Call me a MORON, no really, please do. When they were planning the parking garage for Village on the River I questioned why it needed a sprinkler system, apparently they are useful;

The first arriving crew found a porta potty on fire 15 feet inside the first floor (Washington Square) garage entrance. The fire was under control by the building’s fire sprinkler system. The fire was extinguished within a couple minutes of crews being on scene. Additional fire crews checked the remaining parking area and found no fire extension. Residents were alerted by the fire alarm system and were moved to the adjacent city parking garage until the fire sprinkler and alarm systems were checked and controlled. All residents were allowed back in the building after about 15 minutes.

Of course it was a porta potty and NOT a car. Funny part is I saw those porta potties a few weeks ago when I parked in there and thought to myself, “Why is there porta potties in a parking garage?” I guess they won’t be there anymore.

I also found this part of the SFFD’s press release interesting;

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded with 5 fire trucks, 2 support vehicles, and 21 personnel. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was assisted on scene by Metro Communications, Sioux Falls Police Department, and Washington Square management.

I’m sure because they thought the high rise with several million dollar condos was on fire, but it just turned out to be the shitt’r in the garage. They also left out this part on the press release;

Paramedics Plus showed up 2 hours later, didn’t see anything so drove off.

Just kidding.


#1 Your mom on 09.20.18 at 9:18 am

Medstar would have shown up with one person. Without a driver’s license or Paramedic license. Not that that has ever happened before.

If you knew a thing about fire service you’d know that is standard response to a 1st alarm fire.

#2 Bruce on 09.20.18 at 9:28 am

Maybe we need a type bathroom monitor system like they have in grade schools? A potty checker?

#3 l3wis on 09.20.18 at 9:34 am

Did you read my post or just skim it?

“I’m sure because they thought the high rise with several million dollar condos was on fire,”

Yes, I understand why there was that response, I was just making light of fact that they showed up to put out a high rise fire and it was just a couple of shitt’rs.

#4 D@ily Spin on 09.20.18 at 1:16 pm

Sprinklers in a public garage are for potential car fires. However, SFFD often gets carried away with overdesign requirements. When 57th Street was tunneled under I-229, they mandated 6 fire plugs. City departments tend to be unreasonable. The Parks Department is the worst. They have their own logo, a castle on the east side, 70 employees (no minorities), and yet they contract out for 6 golf courses maintenance and water department mowing.