In the past, officers at the Rouses Point crossing have waved the Canadian fire trucks through.And,
This time, a customs official delayed them by between eight and 15 minutes, according to differing accounts.
"I've been crossing this border for 30 years, and the only question we were ever asked was: "'Where's the fire?'" Lacolle Fire Chief Jean-Pierre Hebert told the Toronto Globe and Mail this week.The chief says fires double in intensity with every minute. Thus rapid responses seem to be key in fighting fires. I don't think fire responders should be "just waved across the border" but there must be a safe compromise.
"This time, we got someone zealous. He told us we'd need our passports next time."
More details from a Canadian newspaper here.