Disturbing Public Safety Trend of the Week: Fire departments that will only save your house if you've paid your membership dues. I'm not sure if there's a firefighter's code, but if there is one, I'm guessing that ain't in it.
Apparently Bibaldo Rueda of Monett, Mo. offered to pay the dues as the fire gutted his home, but the Monett Rural Fire Department does not have a policy for on-the-spot billing. I'm sure they called him the next business day to set up an account, though. Well, they would have if he still had a phone.