Originally Posted by Sideways
Morally it's wrong to watch someones house burn when you're charged with preserving and protecting lives AND property. Wouldn't a more proper course of action to be save the house/ property, charge the property owner for the service and if they refuse/ can't pay take the property through court action? Seems like that would be the moral course of action.
Hypothetical: What if someone had been trapped inside the house? By your own reasoning that person would have died.
I just think that if they put out the fire of someone who didn't pay, then why on earth would anyone pay???? And as far as the property and court action thing... I don't even know how that would work. What if the home is owned by a mortgage company? How would the FD get the property? Would they want a half burned out house anyway?? What if the homeowner goes to court and says "I didn't agree to give up my property..."? Too many variables.
As far as your hypothetical, I agree. That would be unfortunate, and I imagine there would be a lawsuit against the FD if they were actually present and knowingly allowed someone to die.
I don't know what the big deal is about not paying. Just pay the fee!! What is so hard about that????? And if you CHOSE NOT TO then how can you get upset with others instead of yourself????
What is this world coming to??!!!??