Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Alcohol Ban v. Fire Control
That was the dilemma faced by Hampton, Iowa, on Tuesday. Hampton is being pressured by its insurer to prohibit alcohol on all public property, excluding parks. Some publicity of the potential ban singled out the volunteer fire department; that didn't sit too well with the volunteers. The chief resigned, and the rest of the force apparently threatened to resign at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. The Council decided to table the proposed ban for the time being, and enter into discussions with the volunteer fire fighters.
The ban would require some change to the workings of the fire squad, according to this article from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier: "In the past, alcohol was allowed at fire department events on four occasions each year, including a dance. And sometimes firefighters drink beer after a fire call."