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Private Firefighting Company Charges Family $20,000 After Home Burns Down

randfdTalk about insult to injury: After the Purcells’ mobile home burned to the ground the couple received a hefty bill from the responding fire department. Fortunately, the couple was out of their home when it happened, but this plus a baby on the way means that they’re pretty much screwed. The “Yeah? Suck it!” attitude from the fire department isn’t helping things.

Via HuffPo:

Two weeks later, on Aug. 27, the couple received a bill from Rural Metro Fire Department for $19,825. The bill included charges of $1,500 per fire truck and $150 dollars per hour for firefighters.

Justin Purcell said he was shocked by the bill and did not understand why he was receiving it, considering he and other local residents pay a fire district assistance tax to help fund volunteer fire departments. However, that tax, he soon learned, does not cover Rural Metro Fire Department because it is an independent agency.

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Is Fire Protection a Right or a Privilege?

FirefightingYou might have heard about this Tennessee couple lost their home as firefighters watched. John McQuaid asks in Forbes:

As tax revenues have fallen over the past three years of recession, and austerity became the default policy of local governments, the public sector has been steadily hemorrhaging employees and cutting back on services. This is kind of a shadow recession, its effects lagging behind the first and putting a drag on the recovery. Most of us get by on a patchwork of public and private services, with overlapping responsibilities: the fire department (paid for with tax revenues, usually) will put out the fire, while most homeowners have insurance to pay for the damages. These days, both the public and private ends of this arrangement are fraying badly, and gaps are opening up. As the story notes, this is the second time firefighters in South Fulton have let a house burn because the owner didn’t pay the $75 fee.

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As Texas Burns From Worst Wildfires In History, State Government Organizes Rain Prayers

road-smoke_34915_600x450Wildfire is ravaging the Texas landscape on a never-before-seen scale which will shatter previous records.

Governor Rick Perry’s response? He has commanded residents to pray for rain. No, not in a passing remark in a speech, but with an official decree designating “Days of Prayer for Rain” on which Texans will “offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land and the restoration of our normal way of life” and “to humbly seek an end to these dangerous wildfires.” No further comment needed.… Read the rest

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NYC Advertisment Featuring Photoshopped 9/11 Firefighter Pulled

Fireman AdJamie Schram writes in the New York Post:

An ad agency for a law firm specializing in 9/11 lawsuits said today it is pulling the controversial posters after it was revealed that the somber, soot-smeared FDNY firefighter holding an image of the charred remains of the World Trade Center was not actually at Ground Zero.

“We issue a sincere and deep apology to Firefighter [Robert] Keiley and this ad will not run again,” said John Barker, president of the Barker/DZP ad agency.

The Post reported today that Keiley — who joined New York’s Bravest only in 2004 — was working as a model when he posed for what he thought would be used for a run-of-the-mill fire-prevention ad.

He appeared in generic firefighter gear and gripped a helmet for the shot — not the photo of the destroyed Twin Towers that was “put” into his hands with Photoshop software for the Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern ad.

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No Pay, No Spray: Firefighters Let Tennessee Home Burn Because Homeowner ‘Forgot’ to Pay $75 Fee

Photo Courtesty of punkpatriot on Etsy

Photo courtesy of punkpatriot on Etsy

I saw the man in question, Gene Cranick, interviewed on Countdown with Keith Olbermann earlier in the week. Seems a bit insane to not just collect the fee (plus some penalty) after putting out the fire. Via MSNBC:

Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn’t paid a $75 fee. Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat.

“They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn’t do it,” Cranick told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. The fire started when the Cranicks’ grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.

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Firefighters Rescue Camel From Sinkhole In Oregon

Photo from Clackamas Fire District

Photo from Clackamas Fire District

It’s not everyday you see a camel stuck in a sinkhole. Then again, it’s not everyday you see a domestic camel in Oregon. The local Oregon City News reports:

Clackamas County officials had an exotic — and unusual —  assignment involving a camel, a sink hole and Oregon City.

The camel went into the hole and firefighters got it out.
Oh, and the camel’s name is Moses.

It’s the pet of the family in the 15700 block of South Maplelane Road in Oregon City. They called 9-1-1 at about 9:40 Tuesday night, saying one of their camels had fallen into a sink hole about  6-feet deep and might be injured. Members of the Clackamas Fire District #1 and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office arrived to find Moses, who weighs 1,500 pounds, stuck up to his shoulders in a muddy hole.

They had to call in more resources and spent hours digging the creature out of its predicament.

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