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    Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Was the fire department right or wrong when the let a home burn to the ground because the owner had not paid the $75 fee?


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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    They were wrong. Someone could have died, and the blood would have been on their hands. They should have fought the fire, and charged them after.

    Though, this kind of system shouldn't be in place anyway. Things like these, should not be privatized.
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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Was the fire department right or wrong when the let a home burn to the ground because the owner had not paid the $75 fee?
    Wrong. They are paid to fight fires not play politics. I always thought the bill came after the fire not another government tax.

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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    They were wrong. Someone could have died, and the blood would have been on their hands.
    I'm guessing they knew no one was in the house.

    I said "right" because it was the duty of the homeowner to pay the fee for the service. If the fire department just puts out fires for everyone no matter if they paid or not, then who would pay? Without that fee, there would be no fire department. Want your house protected by the fire department? Pay the fee. If you can't pay the fee, ask for help.


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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    I'm guessing they knew no one was in the house.

    I said "right" because it was the duty of the homeowner to pay the fee for the service. If the fire department just puts out fires for everyone no matter if they paid or not, then who would pay? Without that fee, there would be no fire department. Want your house protected by the fire department? Pay the fee. If you can't pay the fee, ask for help.
    Did they know everyone was out? What if there was someone in there, would they still have sat there? It's scary to think about.

    These kind of services should be paid for in taxes, and should be a government service, plain and simple.
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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    They were completely in the right for the exact reasons I laid out in the actual thread about this story.

    ...and so far, the only opposition I have seen comes from people who aren't bothering to read the facts.
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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Did they know everyone was out? What if there was someone in there, would they still have sat there? It's scary to think about.

    These kind of services should be paid for in taxes, and should be a government service, plain and simple.
    I cannot imagine a fireman who knew someone was in the house, but still refused to put the fire out.

    Yes, he should've paid for the service like he was supposed to. It's like insurance. You can't just not pay for insurance and then when your house is burning rush to the insurance office and say you'll pay for one month right now if they'll insure your burning house.


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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    I'm guessing they knew no one was in the house.

    I said "right" because it was the duty of the homeowner to pay the fee for the service. If the fire department just puts out fires for everyone no matter if they paid or not, then who would pay? Without that fee, there would be no fire department. Want your house protected by the fire department? Pay the fee. If you can't pay the fee, ask for help.
    Aren't they run by the government? Let the budget paid for with taxes pay it.

    When I was young my uncle was fire chief of the local volunteer fire dept. They had ways of asking for money and had things like a picnic to make money. They did not tax people.

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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    Aren't they run by the government? Let the budget paid for with taxes pay it.

    When I was young my uncle was fire chief of the local volunteer fire dept. They had ways of asking for money and had things like a picnic to make money. They did not tax people.
    Wrong. This was NOT a volunteer FD.
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    Re: Was the fire department right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    I cannot imagine a fireman who knew someone was in the house, but still refused to put the fire out.

    Yes, he should've paid for the service like he was supposed to. It's like insurance. You can't just not pay for insurance and then when your house is burning rush to the insurance office and say you'll pay for one month right now if they'll insure your burning house.
    That's my issue with this. There shouldn't have to be that fee. The firefighter's should be paid by the government to protect the people from fires. If you call the fire department, they should help you out. No matter what.
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