"Clean out the bars"

bob vernon
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"Clean out the bars"

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I've heard this suggestion a few times in the past week or so. That the RCMP should somehow walk into the bars and conscript everyone to get on a bus and be shipped to a fire camp and told to fight the fires. It was even done back in the "good old days" or so they say.

This cannot be done today. The first injury, or death, of someone wearing "slippery city shoes" would trigger more lawsuits than can be imagined. The people we have fighting fires now must pass fitness tests and be trained. It can be argued that we should have more people trained, but do that over the winter and spring before the fire season, not during.
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We simply can't get away with that these days. The Province would be liable and those that made the decision to do something like that, could even face criminal prosecution. That being said, there are provisions in the Emergency Program Act that could be better implemented in the future.

Overall, "clean out the bars" ... nope, in my opinion not a good idea, or even an option, - and I worked as supervisor in those final days, when we did just that in the Kootenay's.
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Re: "Clean out the bars"

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"clean out the bars"?? why dont they recruit from the ever constant welfare line up? Makes more sense to me
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Those firefighting jobs pay well, thanks to those evil unions. And to get one of them, firefighters have to pass a tough fitness test, which most of us would fail. To get one of these jobs requires a motivated person. If you ever see a Unit Crew building or an Initial Attack office, you'll see workout equipment on site. Many on welfare just don't fit. The motivated people who DO get these jobs are often people from the rural areas or reserves where there aren't a lot of other jobs that pay anywhere near firefighting wages. And they come back year after year. And university students make up a lot of firefighters also. They are investing in their futures.
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In a perfect world when a state of emergency is declared there would be provisos over-riding existing society checks/balances until the emergency is over.

Right now the army is stamping out smouldering embers. Couldn't that also be done by others with very little training who are already nearer to fires than the army? A faster response with able bodied not otherwise engaged.

Reservists, we need provincial reservists, trained and ready to go immediately, not weeks later.
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