I left the following comment as a response to the angry, disappointed and hostile cries of the many people that were made aware of a situation that is becoming more common in public service. It appears that jurisdictional mandates and policy demands of the insurance underwriters have given birth to a paradoxical scenario that has commanding officers caught between the mission and the mandate of their branch of public service.
For the sake of all who are groping for answers, it is the intent of this posting to hopefully attract the attention of someone who has them. I pray those people will share what they know by commenting.
For the record: a Fire Chief in Arizona was bound by the limits of his departments jurisdictional mandate and as a result was not allowed to answer a fire call to a structure fire only three miles from his station. For the details please click on the link : HOUSE BURNS in ARIZONA
I wish for all those here at Lawofficer connect to share your thoughts about the actions of the Chief as well as disclose if this situation is common in the police community. If so, what are the nature of the instances when they occur.
People please! All of you who have negative feelings for the Chief obviously have never had the enormous responsibility or understanding of being in command. When you are responsible for an entire department you are afforded the information that many outside of the organization do not have, such as, the mandates of the controlling council board officers as well as the state and national codes governing the operation of public service entities.
The Chief knew his hands were tied and had to make a call that I am positive made him as angry and hurt as all of us here responding to this news. He not only should not lose his job, as some here have suggested, but in fact be supported for having done the "right" thing that was obviously going to be meet with a powerful cry from all who are ignorant of the rules Fire officers are bound by.
It sure would have been nice to just go and help your neighbor but not if it means you will possibly hurt someone else doing it. I am positive the Chief was not thinking of "the money" issues but the liability issues instead. It is truly tough being in command. Especially when so many people have no idea of the demands placed on you.
Stay well and safe all.
Lieutenant Frederick Georges
N.S.V.F.A./Orleans Fire and Rescue-Retired
Thank you all for your input and assistance!