ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY RIDICULOUS.

October 4, 2010 at 20:38 3 comments

Deviating a bit from my normal way of doing things here to point out the worst story I have viewed in YEARS. Read the story and then read my answer below the story. I am fucking pissed. Really.

Story copied from: http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/local/Firefighters-watch-as-home-burns-to-the-ground-104052668.html

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/v/?i=104052668

Firefighters watch as home burns to the ground
Reporter – Jason Hibbs
OBION COUNTY, Tenn. – Imagine your home catches fire but the local fire department won’t respond, then watches it burn. That’s exactly what happened to a local family tonight.

A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late.  They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning.

Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton.  But the Cranicks did not pay.

The mayor said if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck.

This fire went on for hours because garden hoses just wouldn’t put it out. It wasn’t until that fire spread to a neighbor’s property, that anyone would respond.

Turns out, the neighbor had paid the fee.

“I thought they’d come out and put it out, even if you hadn’t paid your $75, but I was wrong,” said Gene Cranick.

Because of that, not much is left of Cranick’s house.

They called 911 several times, and initially the South Fulton Fire Department would not come.

The Cranicks told 9-1-1 they would pay firefighters, whatever the cost, to stop the fire before it spread to their house.

“When I called I told them that. My grandson had already called there and he thought that when I got here I could get something done, I couldn’t,” Paulette Cranick.

It was only when a neighbor’s field caught fire, a neighbor who had paid the county fire service fee, that the department responded. Gene Cranick asked the fire chief to make an exception and save his home, the chief wouldn’t.

We asked him why.

He wouldn’t talk to us and called police to have us escorted off the property. Police never came but firefighters quickly left the scene. Meanwhile, the Cranick home continued to burn.

We asked the mayor of South Fulton if the chief could have made an exception.

“Anybody that’s not in the city of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer, either they accept it or they don’t,” Mayor David Crocker said.

Friends and neighbors said it’s a cruel and dangerous city policy but the Cranicks don’t blame the firefighters themselves. They blame the people in charge.

“They’re doing their job,” Paulette Cranick said of the firefighters. “They’re doing what they are told to do. It’s not their fault.”

To give you an idea of just how intense the feelings got in this situation, soon after the fire department returned to the station, the Obion County Sheriff’s Department said someone went there and assaulted one of the firefighters.

==END STORY==

As a former brother firefighter, you fuckers should be ASHAMED of yourselves. You should be stripped of your positions, charged with CRIMINAL negligence and made to never serve the public, in ANY capacity, EVER AGAIN. We’re supposed to HELP people, not stand idly by while their lives (which includes property) are torched to the ground because they didn’t pay the local extortion fee.

The mission statement of the South Fulton FD is as follows, directly pasted from their website:

“The mission of the South Fulton Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of its citizens, and provide good public relations through fire safety education to all businesses and schools.”

Yeah, real good job sticking to the mission there.

Does this all surprise me, considering this asshole:

is their chief? He’s David Wilds, the moron in the story who called the cops on reporters asking questions. He’s got his firefighter 1 certification, and is also EMT certified…HOW THE FUCK DID THIS GUY BECOME CHIEF OF A CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT?

I hope it happens to someone you all (members of the South Fulton FD who responded [or didn’t respond] to this call) know. I really do. Then maybe you’ll get the clue.

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Thanks Vornado… Oh man…If only I could tell you all…

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yayo  |  October 5, 2010 at 07:27

    South Fulton has a website where you can leave comments about what makes it such a great town (http://www.southfulton.com/). That’s pretty ridiculous.

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  • 2. Debbie`  |  October 6, 2010 at 13:57

    This is the saddest and most disgusting thing I have heard lately. This could have been used to the fire department’s advantage as the owner offered to pay whatever it took. The fire department needs to set in place a “penalty fee”. Those in the area where this occured would be quick to pay their fees as they saw what happened. But to sit back and watch someones home burn with family pets inside makes you wonder what kind of people run that city! What if children had been trapped inside that house?

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  • 3. Colorado Photog  |  October 6, 2010 at 20:25

    Rules are rules. You expect the city to let people not pay the fee until they need help, THEN pay for it? It doesn’t work that way. We pay for ambulance service whether we ever need it or not. You don’t pay the fee, of course you still get the service but you pay out the ass. If you want the fire company to come, pay the fee. I’d say it’s worth it. Do you not pay your car insurance (bad example for you I know) and then if you get in an accident go “oh, wait. I need my insurance. I’ll pay it now”. Nope. You can’t make exceptions. Everyone will expect it. It is a dumb rule, but unfortunately, it IS theirs. I think if you don’t pay the $75, they should then be able to bill you for full services if you need them.

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