What a fantastic idea Tony Harmon came up with to have convicts fight fires. We would not have to pay them anything, or at least only a minimum wage.
Then they could supplement their incomes by stealing items from the house fires they put out. Brilliant!
By the way, you forgot one aspect of the fire department that is very important: the paramedics. They have helped my family several times, and all I can say is “thanks” and “you do a wonderful job.” Oh, and if you want to see service go downhill fast, just privatize.