I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that someone who claims to support veterans while voting repeatedly against their interests would be willing to lie in a lawsuit and to the media to trash firefighters who risked their lives to save his scrub brush, but this Rehberg lawsuit is getting stranger by the day.
Remember how the Rehbergs have been claiming that firefighters failed in their duty by not guarding his property between July 2 and July 4? You’ll be surprised to learn that they are lying:
Heavy equipment to build a fire line was requested, and Billings Fire Chief Paul Dextras was notified of the fire just after 7 p.m. At 7:12 p.m., Battalion Chief Boyd Vopel requested that another fire crew and backup battalion chief report to Station 1 to get ready.
Firefighters fought the fire for the next few hours until it was contained, and Engine 5 arrived at the fire around 9 p.m. to relieve the firefighters there. One of the outgoing firefighters, Capt. Mark Muretta, wrote that the fire grew from about 15 acres to about 45 by the time firefighters got it under control.
“We continued to work the front of the fire until it was mostly contained,” he wrote. “We then moved to the interior to start putting out hot spots. The wind picked up some more so we had to return to the front of the fire.”
One of the city’s brush trucks left the scene at around 11:15 p.m., while another stayed throughout the night and left around 7:15 a.m. the next morning. Another truck was on the scene by 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, and stayed until about 1 p.m. By 2 p.m., two more trucks were on the scene and stayed until about 6 p.m. The records don’t indicate what the firefighters did during that time.
Just how long should a fire crew commit itself to protecting one person’s private subdivision, especially one that is probably prone to fire for much of the summer?
It’s becoming pretty clear that what the Rehbergs are really after is a taxpayer-subsidized fire department for their personal property? They chose to subdivide but not improve their ranch and now want the people of Billings to pay for fire protection.