Have you ever tried to put out a hay fire? It's nearly impossible. Particularly those large round bales. Once the hay ignites and burns to the center (which doesn't take long) you can pour as much water as you like on it and it still won't go out. The water simply runs off of the bale instead of penetrating it. To extinguish a hay fire the bales must be broken apart to gain access to the centers or each bale. Knowing the size and scope of The Rock Ranch's operation I'd say that it was no small barn either. The report said it housed a boat, a tractor, and 70 bales of hay. &0 bales of round hay takes up quite a large space. Considering the fact that our fire department consists of 99% volunteers I'd say they did the best that they could. Now I don't mean to imply anything against the volunteers, just that they may not have had many people to respond which makes a job like that even more difficult.
If you want better fire protection then make your commissioners hire more full time fire fighters.
Without knowing the circumstances, and what may have been in the barn, you should not make blind comments. I was a firefighter in the Navy and each fire is different. There may (or may not) be good reason why it took so long. I firefighter has a tough, and often thankless, job.
I think you need to go buy a round roll of hay,one of those 1600lb rolls,take it home,set it on fire and try to put it out with your own garden hose, then tell me how easy it should have been to put out that fire
You need to take your hat off to the Lamar Co FD, they are top notch! But it is evident you don't have a clue what is involved in being a firefighter, EMT, paramedic, etc, just as long as they answer YOUR call for help. LCFD just as surrounding fire departments can always use YOUR help. Volunteer your time, become a firefighter, or a support member. I wonder how long you would last in the basic training program!???
Those compressed bales of hay burn and smolder for a very long time and are very difficult to extinguish- perhaps you should volunteer with your local FD and learn more about their job before you criticize them.
Need a new fire headquarters. Fire chief want 9 fulltime positions. Jay Matthews said I have no problem going for 3, We are fooling ourselves if we think we can go for 9. The chairman noted applying for 9. The idea of 9 firefighters staying at the new station 24 hours. The engine now in Milner will be moved to the new station. Maybe don't need ambulance? That saves homeowners and insurance premiums.
Maybe rent free Piedmont station or Parker Branch station (Maybe not)?
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