for those against this FD's reg's
Supposed you lived in this department's boundries. You pay your yearly dues, fees or subscription which ever applies. The bill comes and you pay it and feel safe about doing so.
Now it's 2AM and your house is on fire. You call 911 and request the Fire Department. You and your family are outside and your home goes from smoldering smoke emitting from the basement to a full blown fire enveloping the structure and no firefighters have arrived. 30 minutes pass and what was a savagable structure at first is now a pile of rubble and still no department has arrived after forty five minutes.
Before an hour passes a fire apparatus pulls up. Your enraged at the response time (not to mention your home burned down) and you greet the first firefighter with your anger.
HIS/HER RESPONSE. WE WERE ACROSS TOWN FIGHTING A NON- SUSCRIBERS HOUSE FIRE AND WE HAD TO PICK UP HOSE AND EQUIPMENT TO GET HERE.
OK......... Drum Roll, Please........... GEORGE IS RIGHT!. What are WE going to do about it?? Well, for openers, Start on some legislative action. Parts of America are not going to do anything to make their circumstances better until they're forced into it. Maryland REQUIRES every County to have a 911 Call center and a Central Dispatch Center for Fire/Rescue/EMS. So why doesn't every County in Mo. do the same? Because no one is pushing for it. We wanted things, we went to work and got the stuff we needed. What we've done can be copied in 49 other States, people just need to get off their ***** and go work for it. Some other tidbits from here: Mutual Aid is not an option, you WILL give/receive mutual aid. Mutual Aid is set up on a distance basis, you ALWAYS get the CLOSEST Help, without any suprises. Training is FREE, provided by the State, and meeting all National Pro Board and NFPA standards. EMS is operated by the Fire Service, Private EMS Operators are restricted to Non-Emergency work. Volunteers get a State Income Tax Deduction. Every Volunteer is covered by the State's Workers Comp. System. There is a revolving Loan Program for VFDs to use to purchase Apparaus and buildings, with a Interest rate of 1% The list goes on, but the point is that you don't have to live like those who are the subject of this thread, you just have to get some backbone and fix the problem. To start fixing the problems, I'll be contacting some friends on Capitol Hill (The one in Washington DC) about requirements for minimum service guarantees at the Federal Level.
arguing is fun.....sometimes
Originally Posted by ChicagoFF
that's fine about now wanting to pick on me. like i said i'm young and what i say sometimes to ff's may make 'em mad so i imediatly go on the defensive.
arguing is fun until you see your point is not going anywhere and you repeat everything you've already said. that's cool though. i wasn't picking on anyone in here either. yall have your opinion, i have mine. i won't judge you. now that all that is out of the way....
i can understand a department needs funding. why couldn't they put it out, then bill the guy later, like private ems?