I also agree. From "another guy" who has also spent 5 years as a volunteer firefighter and 30 years as a career firefighter. There are other web sites out there that cater to this type of discussion. Some are really hurting for topics and would gladly welcome this. That is where this should be brought up, not here. Where we hope to read and discuss the latest radio trends.
But please let me say this. As I rode fire trucks with red lights and sirens for many years on many responses, there were times that the assigned drivers had to be told, while responding, of the need to "SLOW DOWN". They were properly advised that their driving habits WOULD NOT BE TOLERATED. Now we are going to allow UNSUPERVISED individuals, some who have not matured yet, to drive their personnel vehicles to incidents using red lights and sirens !!!
I think if firefighters really want to save lives, this is something they should really give serious consideration to. Because I can see this as; "AN ACCIDENT ABOUT TO HAPPEN". Then of course the city or town being responsible for it.
Think this over - WILL THIS SAVE LIVES OR WILL IT TAKE THEM ???