Good intentions, bad results
Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist acts against our country, we have been striving not only toward preventing such an event in the future but also toward being better prepared to respond to such an event should it happen.
This preparedness is regarded as necessary in the rural areas as well as in cities.
There are advantages in such readiness that goes beyond the ability to respond to terrorism. Much of the equipment and training that would be useful in the case of terrorism would also be useful in the event of unintentionally caused disasters or natural disasters.
It has been a long-term trend to require emergency service personnel, even volunteers performing rescue or firefighting in rural areas, to take ever-increasing amounts of training.
Nobody questions that the training has value but the requirements go beyond what is practical for people who have careers to pursue. And perhaps some people who would like some life beyond their jobs and volunteer work.
The bureaucrats who make rules need to keep in mind that not everybody lives in a metropolitan area. Having someone available for rescue operations who is not perfectly trained is infinitely better than having no one available at all.
Enough already, with the rules!