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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    So then let his house burn and endanger property of those that paid? They should be charged when they have a fire. There is no expense if they do not go out of there jurisdiction.

    Was the guy stupid? YES but that does not justify watching his house burn down.
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    What this guy did was gamble with his personal property. He lost. Hopefully he takes something from this hard lesson in personal responsibility.
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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    Correction: The fire fighters were following their orders. Keeping your job is about playing by the rules.
    Of course, "just following the orders" is a good excuse.


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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    A post from the other thread about this:
    Does not justify fire fighters watch it burn

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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    Correction: The fire fighters were following their orders. Keeping your job is about playing by the rules.
    Nice try but I could not do that i would do my job and let the city send the guy a bill

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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    The guy should have paid his bill, no doubt. He chose not to, so that gives him zero right to complain about anything.

    That said, given that the fire department showed up with full equipment after the neighbor called them, they should have put out the fire and billed the guy later. I read he was willing to pay the fee right then and there.

    Also, what an incredibly stupid, completely irresponsible system. I agree with Maggie, every single house or building should be automatically covered and the fee added to the property tax bill. It should never be optional.
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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Several animals died.. They fire fighters should be charged with animal cruelty at a minimum.
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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Several animals died.. They fire fighters should be charged with animal cruelty at a minimum.
    Why should the firefighters be charged, why not the person that started the fire, it is a result of their direct actions that the animals died, rather than the inaction of the firefighters.
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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Something that should be blindingly obvious to anyone from fire country, this was not the right course of action. Fire can easily spread to other structures and go out of control. If for NO other reason, the fire department should have put the fire out to keep it from spreading to a larger area and potentially becoming un-manageable. The person who kept the firemen from acting should be fired immediately.
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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    The don't think the fire department was wrong. The guy didn't pay for the service, so he shouldn't be able to enjoy the benefits of that service. However, this whole situation was handled very badly.

    The county that the guy lives in is very much in the wrong for not providing fire protection to the people who live in that county.

    The fire department could have handled things better by simply putting out the fire and then giving the guy a bill for their services (and making it expensive enough that $75/year is an attractive option)

    If the county persists in not providing their own fire department, they should pass a law making it mandatory to pay the $75/year to the other town for the services of their fire department.

    The really sad part of the story is that the neighbor of the house that originally caught fire also had their house damaged. Something needs to change so that that kind of stuff doesn't happen again.
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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Legally they were right in that they followed the law.

    Morally they were right. They did their duty as proscribed.

    The law itself was right in that the city did not have the authority to tax the citizenry in the county.

    The whole situation is fubar, but it was there was no intentional harm done by any party. A better situation would be a proper fire department in the county or some agreement between the country and city.

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