From Firehouse.com: "The South Fulton fire chief was assaulted by a man after crews were unable to respond to a house fire last week due to an unpaid rural fire subscription fee, according to The Messenger.
Fire Chief David Wilds was transported and treated at an area hospital following the incident that occurred at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the city's fire station in the South Fulton Municipal Building.
His alleged attacker -- 44-year-old Timothy A. Cranick -- was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault, according to the report....
The fire that provoked the attacked occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. that same day at Gene Cranick's property on Buddy Jones Road.
Vowell said that since the property owner was not a paying member of the rural fire subscription service, the call was declined and the city's fire department could not respond.
"I have no problem with the way any of my people handled the situation. They did what they were supposed to do," he told the newspaper. "It's a regrettable situation any time something like this happens."
The department did respond to a request to protect the property of the adjacent property owner, who is a member of the rural fire subscription service.
South Fulton's annual fee is $75, according to the report."
In some rural areas of the country, instead of paying for firefighting services through property taxes, property owners pay a set fee for fire department services. In this case, it is $75 a year.
If you pay the money, the fire department will respond. If you don't pay the fee, then, if you have a fire, the fire department will not respond, unless there is a life endangered. This is like insurance- if you pay, no problems, the fire department will come if there is an emergency at your house. You don't pay and if you don't pay, you are out of luck. And no, you cannot pay at the moment of the fire because if you did this, no one would ever pay and there goes your fire department.
I support the fire department for not going on the call, even though it flies in the face of every fire fighter. But if you don't pay a small bill, that is the price to pay- the destruction of your property in a fire. Next time, pay your bill and don't blame the fire chief for your stupid behavior.
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