Issue 7 and Volume 138.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR DEPARTMENTS Concern over proposed bill allowing firefighters to operate on the fireground while intoxicated The Iowa legislators have sent the state’s governor a bill that would allow volunteer firefighters to operate at a fire even though they would be considered legally drunk. Representative Robert Skow, a cosponsor of the bill, said, “I think most people out there in the rural areas think they’d rather have them (the firefighters) respond in the middle of the night, even if they’ve been at the firemen’s ball, rather than let a house burn down.” Admittedly, if my house is on fire, I want firefighters to respond and put it out, but we need to look at the longrange implications of this. The measure would allow volunteer firefighters and their families to collect compensation for injuries or death suffered while legally drunk and fighting a fire. We do not allow driving…

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