Why persons have to pay the fire department?

Puerto Rico
October 6, 2010 3:58pm CST
I just see a news that go me stunned. I house burns because the fire department don't want to put down the fire down because that person don't pay them for there service. Fire department are paid by the government. Why people have to paid them too? If you have seen this news please comment and let me know what you think. for me this is abusive.
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5 responses
• Canada
6 Oct 10
It's not abusive at all to be honest. This guy didn't pay what could be considered as taxes, in this case was insurance. The town needs to be able to pay for services that are provided, and the only way for this to happen is for the people living in the town to pay for it themselves. They require the services, so they should pay. If you go to a store to buy something, you don't get it for free, you have to pay for it, this is no different than that. He claims that he forgot to pay it this year. I don't believe it. This is an important fee that can't be overlooked like he did. He was foolish and he paid dearly for his stupidity.
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• Puerto Rico
7 Oct 10
I still think the way the situation was is incorrect because if your job is to extinguish fires you do your job. If you are a police your job is to serve and protect the people not wait for payment of an individual for protection or extinguish the fire of your house. that is the thing the mob do. The fire department is been paid by the government not by the insurance company. If that is the case.
• Canada
7 Oct 10
The government, in that case, didn't get the money from this home owner, therefore, saw no need to provide a free service to him. You get what you pay for, and if you don't pay for it, you don't get it.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
13 Oct 10
Not all communities have fire departments. In a few they have a private fire department and you pay a yearly fee to receive their services. It would be like hiring a private security firm to watch your house. If they see someone trying to break into your house they take action but if they see someone trying to break into your neighbors house , who did not hire them, they do nothing. This guy decided not to pay for fire protection he did not receive the protection. You can be sure that anyone else that did not purchase the protection did so the next day. Think about this if the fire department did put out the fire and then send him a bill and he refused to pay the company could not sue him in court because they performed the service with out a contract. It would be like you neighbor hiring a lawn service and the guy deciding to mow your lawn too because it needed to be mowed. You would not pay them just because they mowed it before you could do it. This person took a gamble and lost. I used to sell insurance and I had people who would not buy insurance to cover their house in case of a fire. When they had a fire they they would beg the community to help replace it and the community would hold a fund raiser to help the poor family. The family had a chance to buy protection but choose not to.
• Puerto Rico
13 Oct 10
So the community of this person have a private fire deparment and that's why they didn't help the guy, because he didn't paid. always is about money at the end. People get hurt or die because of it. another way to see U.S. of helping people. We have the same problem of the fire deparment not all our communities have this service but from the one's that have fire department send help to this communities and they don't charge them for there service or help because they paid there taxes and not a private sector like this guy. I think he have to move from there. Thanks for your response.
@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
7 Oct 10
I'm not sure exactly how it works here. I always thought it was free in canada. By free I mean that our taxes go towards this service. Many people have insurance but this is just to cover the costs of items destroyed in the fire.
• Puerto Rico
7 Oct 10
That's what I thought too. Taxes pay for the salary of government agencies. Here in Puerto Rico is like that, government paid. Thanks for your opinion.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
29 Oct 10
It depends on where you are and how they work. We pay taxes that cover these services, you still may be billed but they will always arrive.
• United States
10 Oct 10
I don't really understand why they would let the home burned down to the ground. I thought that when you pay your city taxes that it cover the fire department, as well. I am totally My heart goes out to the family. Snowy