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Chief responds to video of firefighter snow stunt

A video captured volunteer firefighters being pulled behind a car on snow-covered roads

CBS 6 Albany

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.

Full story: Hudson Fire Chief Weighs In After Dangerous Stunt

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Bill Haggerty Bill Haggerty Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:05:50 PM What do you do to VOLUNTEER F.F. Make him quit?
Cliff Rogers Cliff Rogers Thursday, February 14, 2013 5:05:41 AM I agree Bill. How do you punish a VOLUNTEER? lmao Next article...
Bobby Dean Cranford Bobby Dean Cranford Thursday, February 14, 2013 6:37:26 AM WOW! 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 Hudson Chris Hudson Thursday, February 14, 2013 8:11:57 AM My 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 Jr John Duffey Jr Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:37:18 AM I know its aslo against the LAW!
Jimmy O'Brien Jimmy O'Brien Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:37:28 AM Fun? 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. Heinz Craig T. Heinz Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:44:45 AM How. about if they weren't firefighters nobody would say shit
Kevin Teel Kevin Teel Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:51:15 AM So 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 Rambo Matt Rambo Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:02:45 AM I 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 Ballard Tim Ballard Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:07:09 AM Making 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 Wildey Timothy Wildey Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:57:12 AM That's why they are called Volunteers.
Sue Whyatt Sue Whyatt Thursday, February 14, 2013 11:21:11 AM Firefighters are people to...lifes to short.
Mike Costa Mike Costa Thursday, February 14, 2013 11:32:20 AM Wow I can't say they really having anything to loose.
John Splash John Splash Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00:44 PM Sure, 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 Montie Brandon Montie Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:20:50 PM Being 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-Morse Terri Plass-Morse Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:29:08 PM I 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 Dant Steve Dant Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:45:48 PM bumper 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-Johnson Tiffany Bower-Johnson Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:39:33 PM Firefighters 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. Don Van Schaack Jr. Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:06:16 PM i missed the video!!!! dang it! but who cares let them have fun
Mark Krizar Mark Krizar Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:07:36 PM Still on WRGB web site
Virginia Sattler Waterson Virginia Sattler Waterson Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:21:50 PM Has 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 Bal Jay Bal Friday, February 15, 2013 3:20:22 PM That'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 Bal Jay Bal Friday, February 15, 2013 3:24:49 PM Do 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 Davis Jeff Davis Friday, February 15, 2013 4:06:22 PM Did 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 Bodenheimer Fred Bodenheimer Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:20:50 AM Evidently 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 Mead Eric Mead Saturday, February 16, 2013 3:52:02 PM your gov"t waste lots more money then a pair of bunker pants so jump on them and leave the VOLUNTEER alone.
Linda A Takvor Garbarino Linda A Takvor Garbarino Sunday, February 17, 2013 8:23:21 AM Body 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.

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