In response to rising fuel costs, a local volunteer fire chief decided to park the fire engines over the weekend, which contributed to more than 14 deaths in the small Tennessee town.
Fire Chief Wayne Smith said of the act, “last week the big rigs made their point about high gas prices by parking their rigs, so I decided to do the same.” When Smith was questioned that he was not in the delivery business but instead of the business of saving human lives he responded, “six in one half dozen the other.”
Over the weekend, 7 fires blazed the small town where Smith refused to mobilize the fire engine. Although the town had a “bucket brigade” mobilized, the town only had one bucket due to the bucket shortage associated with the town’s crystal meth production, which was the cause of 4 out of the 7 fires over the weekend.
When asked about a time frame for mobilizing fire service again Smith exclaimed, “that biotch ain’t movin til the gas prices drop.”