How might Representative Rehberg’s decision to suddenly embrace litigation when it gives him the chance to sue and city and its firefighters impact you? Oh, just decreased safety and increased taxes because of insurance costs, says East Helena Fire Chief Bill Wegner:
Wegner added that if the Billings loses the case it would be an eye-opener for local departments. He says it is already tough to get people to step into the role of incident commander and with added pressure of litigation it could be even more difficult.
Drake commented "It’s demoralizing and it just takes a tremendous amount of time, people are afraid of the unknown of going in in front of attorneys and judges and juries and all that stuff. And it is not something that they are used to doing. so there is a burden on the volunteers yet again."