Firefighters are not to protect you

"Deaths challenge firefighting strategy" has the following interesting quotes:
A blaze that killed five federal firefighters last year has emboldened those who question the cost of saving the ever expanding number of homes on the fringe of wilderness.

[...] However, the deaths also were blamed on social and political pressures and decisions to put homes before the safety of firefighters, according to a report last week from the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection.

[...] "We are not going to die for property," said Tom Harbour, national director of fire and aviation management for the Forest Service. "It's time for homeowners to take responsibility for the protection of their homes."
So, not only are police not there for you, firefighters aren't going to be there for you, either: you're on your own. So much for your tax dollars....

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