ANOTHER story about how horrible Arizona is. God, what a dump that terrible place is. Does ANYTHING nice happen there?<quoted text>
Recently, nearby here, by chance on my way home, I passed by a man's house that was on fire. The police nor fire department had arrived yet. I stopped in front of the house and called 911 and the 911 dispatcher said that they would send the fire department. The man was frantically trying to save as many of his belongings as he could, but the house was fully engulfed.
After 2 aditional conversations with the 911 dispatcher, I was told by he dispatcher that they were NOT sending the police nor fire department. I asked the 911 dispatcher what were they going to do about the fire. He told me that they wold let it burn to the ground. I was shocked ! I never heard of such a thing. and yes, they let it burn to the ground and NOBODY did a thing to help this poor man.
I found this incident to be shocking adn I couldn't understand how the gorvernmental authorites could allow a man's house to burn to the ground and not send anybody at all.
After about a dozen phone calls I discovered that in certain areas of Pinal County, and other areas in Arizona, if you live outside a city (I live in The City Of Coolidge), you must pay a private company called "Rural Metro" in advance for fire protection. If your house catches fire, and you haven't signed up with them, the goverments here just let your house burn down.
I'm from Long Island and nearly ALL 300+ fire departments on Long Island are volunteer departments, and they wold NEVER let this happen. They'll send 2 trucks even for a garbage can fire.
The whole concept of letting somone's house burn to the ground here and nobody lifting a finger to help this poor man is a totally alien concept to me.
My huge fat brother and his vicious pit bull of a wife live in southern Phoenix, so that is ALL I need to know about that hell hole. I'm glad they are a state away from ME.