As per the definition of Newton city fire Department:The fire lane is an area reserved for fire apparatus responding to an emergency to stage, or park, at a useful distance from a structure. Put simply, the fire lane is the department’s launch pad for interior firefighting or other emergency response.
It´s also a place to EMS services (ambulances) to park while rescuing people.
Wikipedia says that is "a fire lane is a marked lane in a parking lot that is near a structure
, e.g., near a building to ensure the access of safety equipment and firefighters to it. In New York is also a traffic lane.
I learned that In Alaska a fire Lane is a road or other passageway developed to allow the passage of fire apparatus. There a fire lane is not necessarily intended for vehicular traffic other than fire apparatus. I don´t know if that holds for New York.
By the way, there´s some interesting pics related to irregular parking related to the subject at hand.
This one was a real eventhttp://1y4yclbm79aqghpm1xoezrdw.wpengin ... 20x370.jpg
This one I don´t know...http://fridaymorningcheer.weebly.com/up ... 4_orig.jpg