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  •  A Tax is a Tax (4+ / 0-)

    It could be argued that the rules themselves are flawed if they don't say "the fire department will put out all fires but you are responsible for the cost if you opt out."  

    BUT - it costs a certain amount of money to run a fire department.  The majority of those costs are fixed but there is a cost of maintaining the capability of covering the out-of-town areas and it's $75/yer.  If they lived in town, they would presumably be paying the cost in their property taxes.

    IOW, is it really fair to argue that the fire department is heartless if the victim knew the rules and the fire department was obligated to follow the rules?  (There was nobody trapped in the house so we don't have to deal with that "what if."  Let's assume they would have rescued that person!)

    •  Let's not assume it (2+ / 0-)
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      paintitblue, SilentBrook

      because you don't know until you go through the house room by room. There was a recent fire here where a child died. The father got all the kids out of the house... or so he thought. One of his teenagers was supposed to sleep at a friends house that night but came home late and died asleep in the basement.

      I do and don't particularly hold the fire department culpable here. On the one hand there is only so much they can do and only so much territory any one department can be held responsible for covering. On the other hand their job is to put out fires... period... and it appears that they were responsible for this particular area.

      What I fault fully, based on my limited knowledge of this case, is such a piss poor fire protection and management arrangement by that community as a whole.

      "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

      by Andrew C White on Thu Oct 07, 2010 at 10:59:45 AM PDT

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    •  Heartlessness (2+ / 0-)
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      SilentBrook, laker

      doesn't have anything to do with taxes.  The police officer on the street doesn't check to see if your taxes are in arrears before helping you.  It would be heartless if s/he did, whatever the rules were.

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