America is fucked
This is one of the most disgusting and embarrassing stories involving my profession I've ever heard.
This is the first time I've ever heard of a private fire department, but the idea scares the shit out of me because it allows for greed to dictate who recieves an essential service. I can guarantee you many other folks outside of this county without the means of paying (whether because of poverty or unemployment, mental health issues, procrastination, or simply being unaware of this retarded policy) will find themselves in the same position. Not only for structure fires, but for natural disasters, car accidents, medical emergencies, CO/CO2/LNG/Popane gas leaks, and technical rescue emergencies like river or collapse just to name a few.
From the side of emergency workers, this as well, is a dangerous concept. It allows for anyone to not pay for service, which means that a department won't know what kind of budget they have to work with which means equipment, training, and manpower will be severely lacking. Which is the reason they are legally allowed to stand back and do nothing. Funding for Police, Fire, and EMS MUST come from municpal governments through taxes.
However, regardless of budget constraints or financial policies, we all have a moral and ethical obligation to protect lives and property, on duty and off.
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Last edited by Dano; 10-05-2010 at 10:08 AM.