Fire Chief Plans to Bill “Idiots” After Rescue…Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? has the story of 3 college students who had to be rescued from a 20 foot high roof on their campus at Hampshire College. The Amherst, Massachusetts Fire Chief plans to bill the students for the rescue and called them “idiots”.

Here are my questions for you…

  • How many calls have you run that had similar “idiots”?
  • Do you think the “idiots” in this case or other cases should be billed?
  • Do you think that by billing for services might dissuade people (or idiots) from calling for our help in the future?

I have no problem with the Fire Chief speaking out publicly and referring to these students as idiots. I think it is a teaching moment for other future idiots. It is a public service.

However, I do have a problem with billing for our services. If you are going to do it, do it for everyone (I also do not agree with that).

What do you think?