Good grief. I think whoever wrote that needs to pick up his bible and read about the good Samaritan.
Would it have hurt the FD to fight this fire? No. Put the darn thing out, then fine the guy for not paying his fee. Case closed.
Yes, it would. If their insurance caught wind of them putting out a fire outside of their jurisdiction, and outside of customer agreements, they'd probably lose their insurance, and be put out of business.
Put the darn thing out, then fine the guy for not paying his fee.
Fine someone for not paying a voluntary fee? Sounds Democrat to me.
I don’t buy life insurance. I do expect the insurance company to pay my survivors anyway. It’s the Christian thing to do.
As for auto insurance. I cancelled my policy last year. That said, if I have an accident I expect the company to pay for the damages.
I doubt they have the authority to fine anyone!! The author is exactly right about this.IMHO
“Put the darn thing out, then fine the guy for not paying his fee.”
I don’t think they have the power to fine anyone. This is a volunteer department.
They 'could' have. IIRC, they showed up, but only to protect other properties .
Put the darn thing out, then fine the guy for not paying his fee. Case closed.
He didn't pay for fire/rescue services.
The firemen legally and technically are not supposed to respond to his address. If they do, they do so at their own cost, and cannot 'FINE' him for anything, as he was given the choice not to pay, and not be covered. If they put out the fire, they would be encouraging other citizens to not pay, since the fireman can't 'charge' or 'fine' you.
The firemen were in a CATCH-22.
Everyone from the mayor on down said NO. If you are the Fire Chief 'on-scene', and this is CITY/TOWN policy, what do you do?
Would you give up your job, to put out that fire ?
It could. If the Fire Department's liability insurance carrier canceled its liability coverage because it violated the terms of its contract with the county and with the insurance carrier, it would have hurt the FD and it would have hurt all the neighbors who would no longer be afforded fire protection.
i agree with both of you
this news has sure brought out the torches and pitchforks gang here
i never agree with them..on this stuff
guess I’m a puss
It is obvious to me that you are not aware of how hazardous fire fighting is on a daily basis. Never forget that responding to an ORDINARY house fire can get a firefighter killed. Propane tanks, toxic chemicals, unknown and perhaps non compliant construction, flamable furniture and a whole bunch of unknowns creates a difficult and hazardous environment.
Please see this report on firefighter injuries: http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/OS.patterns.pdf
Under what ordinance are they going to fine him? He doesn't live in the city limits, which is why he was being charged $75 for fire protection from the town.
There’s a thing called responsibility. Another thing called liability.
The town/municipality that runs the fire department has full responsibility to those who either a) pay municipal taxes; and b) those from outside the municipality who subscribe to their services.
They have no responsibility to those who choose not to subscribe. In fact, they would put the town in jeopardy for any liability that could arise.
If a firefighter were injured or killed, he would not be covered by the town’s insurance plan. The liability would fall to the municipality that would surely face a lawsuit.
It’s not so cut and dry as you might believe. Not by a country mile.