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    Default I do not understand volunteer firefighters in America

    This is a big one and annoys the crap out of me.

    Why aren't all firefighters in America salaried professionals like everywhere else in the world?

    The amount of times I drive down a street and see people with buckets fund-raising for these guys. It makes me sick.

    Step up taxpayers!

    What am I missing here?

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    They aint buckets they are boots!

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    Sorry...boots...

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    I dunno...maybe ya need to grow up here to understand
    Some areas do not need FT firefighters sitting around on their duffs most of the time
    But I would think even volunteers should get paid for when they work
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    Ian, what part of volunteer don't you understand... actually, you couldn't understand unless you were a firefighter their is an adrenlin rush that pumps through firefighters blood on their way to a fire, and most of them live that way for the first 10 to 15 years. If you don't believe me, find a firefighter and ask him.

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    Ian, what part of volunteer don't you understand...
    What I don't understand is if there are no volunteers near me, possibly because the station was shut down because nobody is putting money in the boots or because everyone is too tired from doing their day jobs to volunteer, then who comes to put out the fire in my house that then spreads to your house?

    Or am I expected to do that myself with the garden hose because you're all afraid of paying a little more in taxes to have a proper fire service?

    I think volunteers are great but there's a time and place for them. Like running the cub scout pack. A fire service, like the police and army, needs paid up pros.

    Perhaps I can just grab a gun and be a 'volunteer' police officer at the weekend. Heck, I'll be a paramedic for the day too.

    Wouldn't want anyone paying taxes for those would we?
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    Ian, they closed the station because they saw you didn't put any money in the boot, because you didn't do that they said, we are not going to protect your house.
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    That's bad and downright trickery. I'd best put some money in those boots then.

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    They also collect money in those boots for burn victims and Muscular Dystrophy, and other organizations, plus, to keep the station working, better trucks, coffee.
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    Seriously, most of the times so many different stations show up, from different locations, it depends on how bad the fire is.

    I would keep that garden hose handy though, they know you are from England & a troublemaker . You can check with the plumbers here, but you do know once, your pipes are shot that garden hose is too, lol. If you have a well, you could fill up the hose from there,
    Last edited by Cookie; 10-30-2009 at 06:31 PM.

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    I might keep a bucket of water handy at all times.

    If people ask, I'll remind them that I live in America and cannot rely on a publicly-funded fire and rescue service.

    I'd keep a bucket of water in the car too, but if that was on fire and the police stopped me I wouldn't be allowed to get out.

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    You got a choice and both are bad. lol.

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    Do I stay or do I go?

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    Ian...Next time you get pulled over in your car, jump out, tell the cop your house is on fire, throw a bucket of water at him, jump in the car and as your driving away throw a empty boot out the window and wave good bye at him with your gun...
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    The main reason you don't understand a lot about America is because you did not grow up in a free society...you grew up in a socialist one where the government must give you permission to do things and the government takes care of you to what ever degree they deem satisfactory...here Freedom is supposed to be #1....

    That is the crux of it...I heard that under the English health care system if you didn't qualify for something or if the wait was to long to get something done, and you paid out of your own pocket that you would be thrown out of the health care system...beautiful...just what I envision for us if the public option goes through here...

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