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  1. Blue_Dolphin308

    Blue_Dolphin308 We can't help everyone, But everyone can help some

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  2. tezi

    tezi Member of Websleuths since 2000.

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    The fire department where my FIL lives will do the same thing. If you don't pay their annual dues, you're on your own if your house catches on fire. Terrible.....
     
  3. Disguiseduser0308

    Disguiseduser0308 New Member

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    Woah, I never thought anything like that was possible. I guess I take more for granted than I originally thought. I have never heard of anyone having to pay fees for fire rescue until now.
     
  4. Tuffy

    Tuffy Not really that tough...

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    Wow, it sounds like the residents didn't want to pay for fire protection until their house was on fire. They chose not to pay for the subscription, even though it is only $75 per year. I wouldn't have put out the fire either.

     
  5. mysticrose

    mysticrose The key to change... is to let go of fear

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    OMG ! I have never heard of such a thing !!! Over $75.00 dollars REALLY !!!
     
  6. LadyL

    LadyL Well-Known Member

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    what?! isn't that what taxes are for?
     
  7. sealevel

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    This is disgusting. What if there had been people (or animals) trapped in the burning house? What if they were elderly people who had to choose between paying the fee and buying food? I honestly don't understand how anyone, especially firefighters who are trained and have the equipment, would refuse to help someone who's home is burning down. What a horrible place to live where officials think not paying a $75 fee is reason enough to let someone's home burn. I guess they really made their point...maybe they could publish a list of the people who haven't paid the police fee, that way the criminals will know who to victimize with no worry of being caught!
     
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    That's what I thought.
     
  9. mysticrose

    mysticrose The key to change... is to let go of fear

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    Perhaps a lawsuit will be in the works !

    I know my taxes pay for the fire department among other things, I still am in awe over this.............................. floored would be more like it
     
  10. Tuffy

    Tuffy Not really that tough...

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    They don't have fire protection service where they live. They can pay to get service from the nearby city of South Fulton, but only if they subscribe.

     
  11. RLynne

    RLynne Verified Expert

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    Wow. I understand that in rural areas, you often have to pay for services that us city folk might take for granted (for example, my parents have to pay for waste removal, although where I live my taxes pay for the city to deal with it).

    But as someone who survived a devastating house fire some years ago, I really feel for these folks. That was one of, if not the most, traumatic experiences of my life. There were two things that made it bearable for those of us involved: the support of housemates/family/friends/community/the Red Cross, and the extreme *niceness* of the first responders (police and fire). I'm willing to bet that the firefighters who could not respond are (almost) as devastated as these folks who lost their house.
     
  12. LinasK

    LinasK Verified insider- Mark Dribin case

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    And what if they couldn't afford the $75 fee- that's alot of money to some people, it might mean the choice between food & paying the fee. I think it's extortion, not insurance! Taxes should pay for it. Thank God the people in San Bruno, CA who had a natural gas pipeline explode in their neighborhood, where 38 houses were destroyed and 8 people killed didn't have such a policy!!! Criminal!:furious:
     
  13. Nova

    Nova Active Member

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    If I understand what Tuffy is saying, this is more like the people of San Bruno complaining that the Palo Alto FD didn't put out the fire. The county in question doesn't offer fire protection, so a nearby city offers it to those who sign up and pay for it.

    I can understand the city's point of view; it can't collect taxes from rural residents.

    But the county should have made other arrangements that covered all structures in its jurisdiction. Even if it meant higher taxes.

    IN FACT, this is the perfect example of why everyone-for-himself philosophies don't work for many types of services. Because the couple in question hadn't paid their $75 fee, the fire spread to the home next door. If fire coverage had been mandatory for all, it would have cost less than $75 in the first place and the neighbors (who had paid their fee) might not have been on fire at all.

    Sorry, but this is what happens when the all-American hatred of taxes is allowed to run amok.
     
  14. kgeaux

    kgeaux New Member

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    That is exactly what I said! Our local fire depts are paid by tax money, no extra fees allowed. (our ambulance services are subscription service, but I have never heard of them refusing to pick up anyone, whether they've subscribed to the service or not.)

    I guess we're just lucky, really lucky, that this house didn't start a wildfire that could've burned down the whole dang county.

    EDITING TO ADD: I predict that WAY more people in this county are going to be paying for fire protection after this incident!
     
  15. SunnieRN

    SunnieRN Active Member

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    Sounds more like the mafia. Pay your protection fee, or else.

    I understand budgetary concerns, but the fire truck was already at the scene and the firefighters were ordered not to put the fire out. Crazy weird imho.
     
  16. southerngal

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    I feel bad for them but the owners of the house are to blame not the fire dept IMO. If they had paid the fee then there wouldn't have been a problem. They knew they lived in the county, outside the city limits and that their county didn't have a fire dept. It's like not paying your auto insurance and expecting an insurance company to pay up if your car is totaled.
     
  17. LinasK

    LinasK Verified insider- Mark Dribin case

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    In fact, the article states the owners did try to pay up on the spot and were refused, instead the firefighters stood by and let their house burn!!!
    And I re-iterate:
     
  18. Tuffy

    Tuffy Not really that tough...

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    If they let people when their house is on fire, why would anyone pay a yearly subscription? Just give them $75 when and if your house catches on fire.
     
  19. LinasK

    LinasK Verified insider- Mark Dribin case

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    Posted on Tue, Oct. 05, 2010 03:29 PM



    International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold Schaitberger today issued the following statement on the September 29 fire in Obion County, Tennessee:
    “The decision by the South Fulton Fire Department to allow a family’s home to burn to the ground was incredibly irresponsible. This tragic loss of property was completely avoidable. Because of South Fulton’s pay-to-play policy, fire fighters were ordered to stand and watch a family lose its home.
    “Everyone deserves fire protection because providing public safety is among a municipality’s highest priorities.
    “Instead, South Fulton wants to charge citizens outside the city for fire protection. We condemn South Fulton’s ill-advised, unsafe policy. Professional, career fire fighters shouldn’t be forced to check a list before running out the door to see which homeowners have paid up. They get in their trucks and go.”


    Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/05/2279115/fire-fighters-condemn-south-fultons.html#ixzz11WJS9s2R
     
  20. southerngal

    southerngal New Member

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    why should they be allowed to pay on the spot? I'll try that with Geico, not pay my insurance premium and if I have a wreck call them and see what they say when I tell them I didn't pay my yearly bill but I'll pay them on the spot since my car is totaled. While it's very unfortunate their house caught fire, paying the $75 could have avoided the whole thing, it's not like they have said they couldn't afford to pay it, they just didn't. I pay $153 a year because I love in a rural area also and I would never even think about NOT paying it!
     

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