HUDSON, N.Y. — We haven't had too much snow this winter, so when we got some Friday, people were out having fun. But when does fun turn dangerous?
Friday night, during a CBS6 live shot, a group of volunteer firefighters were being dragged through the city streets - holding a rope being towed by an SUV. The group of volunteer firefighters made several trips past our cameras during the course of the evening.
Illegal? Yes. Dangerous? Yes. But should they really get in trouble for it? CBS6 received viewer e-mails and phone calls after Friday nights live shot. People were concerned about what they saw. On Monday morning, CBS6 sent a link of the video to the Mayor of Hudson. He didn't offer a comment, but the Fire Chief did release a statement. He told CBS 6: that's a sight that will never be seen again on warren street and that they are dealing with it internally.
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Bill HaggertyWednesday, February 13, 2013 5:05:50 PMWhat do you do to VOLUNTEER F.F. Make him quit?
Cliff RogersThursday, February 14, 2013 5:05:41 AMI agree Bill. How do you punish a VOLUNTEER? lmao Next article...
Bobby Dean CranfordThursday, February 14, 2013 6:37:26 AMWOW! That looks like so much fun! I would have been with them and our chief would have probably pulled us! How do you discipline volunteers for off duty fun that is not immoral?
Chris HudsonThursday, February 14, 2013 8:11:57 AMMy only concern is that they are doing this in their bunker gear. As a member of a volunteer department, I know how precious resources can be, and the chance of damaging their bunker gear is very possible. That said, we did that in college, but in parking lots rather than on city streets.
John Duffey JrThursday, February 14, 2013 9:37:18 AMI know its aslo against the LAW!
Jimmy O'BrienThursday, February 14, 2013 9:37:28 AMFun? Yes. Dangerous? Yes. I'm sure this use to be accepted years ago but today with cameras on every cellphone and social media, things like this blow up around the world. It would be stupid to punish him, but let's all remember we are in the public eye 10X more with cameras and social media so active.
Craig T. HeinzThursday, February 14, 2013 9:44:45 AMHow. about if they weren't firefighters nobody would say shit
Kevin TeelThursday, February 14, 2013 9:51:15 AMSo the firefighter gets a 30 day suspension and a royal ass reaming. Time to move on, and not be concerned about stupid crap liike this.
Matt RamboThursday, February 14, 2013 10:02:45 AMI would imagine the tax dollars paid for the expensive turn out pants that had a high probability of getting ruined. Looks like fun wouldn't have done it in clothes the public bought for us, and not on duty. Volunteers are volunteers but they should be held to the same standards as the paid. The 911 callers and the fires don't know the difference.
Tim BallardThursday, February 14, 2013 10:07:09 AMMaking a big deal out of nothing. Just having fun. I bet if there was a shooting across town this would not even been covered.
Timothy WildeyThursday, February 14, 2013 10:57:12 AMThat's why they are called Volunteers.
Sue WhyattThursday, February 14, 2013 11:21:11 AMFirefighters are people to...lifes to short.
Mike CostaThursday, February 14, 2013 11:32:20 AMWow I can't say they really having anything to loose.
John SplashThursday, February 14, 2013 12:00:44 PMSure, I could see if the streets were packed why they would have a problem with this, but the streets are empty! As for the turnout gear, it looked like there's enough snow that he wouldn't have been able to even scrape the ground through all of it.
Brandon MontieThursday, February 14, 2013 12:20:50 PMBeing as part of a fire company a few towns over... it's not as big of a deal as people are making it. Yes when they put their gear on they represent their company but its still having a bit of fun... we aren't paid so its not a big deal.
Terri Plass-MorseThursday, February 14, 2013 12:29:08 PMI would like to add that a number of volunteer firefighters buy their own gear...small towns couldn't afford to keep the gear up to standards every other year. So with that said, before you bash someone who isn't getting paid make sure they are destroying there own property and not tax money or old gear that was outdated and unusable as in GARBAGE!
Steve DantThursday, February 14, 2013 12:45:48 PMbumper sleding use to do that as a kid to old to do it now. don't be in your gear & they won't know.
Tiffany Bower-JohnsonThursday, February 14, 2013 1:39:33 PMFirefighters risk their lives everyday to save people, they were only having a little fun. Who cares! Cbs dont you have anything better to report on? If it was just some plane jane in coveralls no1 would be saying anything about it. Kudos to the people for living life while the rest of you hide n find other people to bother! The media is so twisted maybe they should start covering real news instead!
Don Van Schaack Jr.Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:06:16 PMi missed the video!!!! dang it! but who cares let them have fun
Mark KrizarThursday, February 14, 2013 2:07:36 PMStill on WRGB web site
Virginia Sattler WatersonThursday, February 14, 2013 4:21:50 PMHas anyone ever wondered how many hours they were sitting on station, away from their family during the storm to come rescue them and they do. Who says it was good gear? Maybe it was old turnout gear? Who knows, you can spin it twenty different ways, but in the end what did they hurt or not provide protection too? I just wish I could have been there to have the fun with them. God Bless and safe fire fighting!
Jay BalFriday, February 15, 2013 3:20:22 PMThat's exactly why volunteers have a bad name. "We aren't paid so its not a big deal" you are still a firefighter and community role model, whether you get a pay check or not. They're not just representing their company they are representing companies all over the country.
Jay BalFriday, February 15, 2013 3:24:49 PMDo you wear your dept shirt to a bar? probably not, why not? it is unprofessional. are you banned from the bar because you are a firefighter? no but you don't go in your uniform, same thing here. as a firefighter you are held to a higher standard than the rest. Remember the oath you took when you were sworn in?
Jeff DavisFriday, February 15, 2013 4:06:22 PMDid they do something stupid? Yes, absolutely - but it was not bad enough to warrant anything more than a good ass chewing and warning that further disciplinary measures will be taken if it happens again. Quit over reacting!
Fred BodenheimerSaturday, February 16, 2013 11:20:50 AMEvidently they don't have amy personal money involved in that turnout gear ot tomention their obvious disregard for their personal safety and the reputation of their department " you just can't fix stupid"!
Eric MeadSaturday, February 16, 2013 3:52:02 PMyour gov"t waste lots more money then a pair of bunker pants so jump on them and leave the VOLUNTEER alone.
Linda Takvor GarbarinoSunday, February 17, 2013 8:23:21 AMBody snow boarding practice? yea that must be it. AND if there is a fire they are wet enough to go in for a waterless rescue to save those dogs and cats from the hot fire.