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  • 10/29/2007
  • WildlandFire.com Team
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I don’t know about other family members, but the recent tragedy makes me angry to be in the situation we are in regard to lawsuits, the blame game, and who can make a buck or save a buck. What about the arsonists? What responsibility do they carry? Are the fire organizations putting as much effort into that investigation?

I’m even reading that certain fire employees (on their already strained budgets) should carry insurance to protect them from the blame game, just as doctors purchase malpractice insurance.
This is my fantasy message from a fire organization:
“We train our firefighters, we have a record of that training, and we are confident they make decisions based on that training. Firefighters have a sense of the dangers of the job regardless of whether they’ve pursued it as a career or need temporary employment to pay for a college education. The leaders know the gravity of their decisions on and off the fire line.
However, fire-related circumstances can occur resulting in the loss of life. Our first priority is to those grieving the loss. Next, investigations occur to enhance existing safety rules as necessary. The citizens have voted for laws that protect our employees from unfair lawsuits or loss of employment, so it is not necessary for them to purchase legal insurance. 
The consequences of the decision of the arsonists responsible for the tragedy remain with them.”
Take care and continue supporting each other.

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