CBP keeping the country safe!

Old Nov 14, 07, 11:25 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: YUL
Posts: 2,087
CBP keeping the country safe!

Amazing: http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/11/14...uck/index.html

A Canadian firetruck responding with lights and sirens to a weekend fire in Rouses Point, New York, was stopped at the U.S. border for about eight minutes, U.S. border officials said Tuesday.

...

Fire officials battling the blaze called for help from fire departments in nearby Quebec, using a longstanding and often-used mutual aid agreement. But the first truck that arrived at the small Rouses Point border crossing was delayed as officials checked documentation of the firefighters and their truck, officials confirmed.


ID checks are apparently required for fighting fires under a long-standing cross-border mutual-aid agreement.

Do you want to fly, ahem, burn today???
okazon69 is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 11:47 am
  #2  
Suspended
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 4,952
Each time you read a story like this, whether it's related to the TSA or CPB, you wonder "Can it get any worse?" And each time it does get worse. Will it never end?
doober is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 11:47 am
  #3  
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: YYZ
Programs: Air Canada Elite, United 1K, Continental Platinum, Hilton Honors Diamond, SPG Platinum
Posts: 77
It doesn't surprise me...stupidity from both the US and CDN sides at the border seems to be the status quo.

Hopefully karma will kick in if they ever need a quick response to their homes...
Caroline's Rub is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 11:59 am
  #4  
Moderator: Coupon Connection & S.P.A.M
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Louisville, KY
Programs: Wild Wild Life, TSA Disparager Diamond (LTDD)
Posts: 57,285
"Better safe than scorched!"
Spiff is online now  
Old Nov 14, 07, 1:28 pm
  #5  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BWI
Programs: AA Gold, HH Silver, National Emerald Executive, TSA Disparager Gold
Posts: 15,122
Originally Posted by Spiff View Post
"Better safe than scorched!"
This story really burns my @$$.
Superguy is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 1:53 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: MYOFB
Posts: 4,035
"The terrorists are coming, where's my pen?" -Boston Legal-
stupidhead is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 2:21 pm
  #7  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Miami, FL
Programs: AA EXP/Marriott Plat/Hertz PC
Posts: 12,724
Canadian firetruck responding to U.S. call held up at border

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/11/14/bor...uck/index.html

(CNN) -- A Canadian firetruck responding with lights and sirens to a weekend fire in Rouses Point, New York, was stopped at the U.S. border for about eight minutes, U.S. border officials said Tuesday.

Fire officials battling the blaze called for help from fire departments in nearby Quebec, using a longstanding and often-used mutual aid agreement. But the first truck that arrived at the small Rouses Point border crossing was delayed as officials checked documentation of the firefighters and their truck, officials confirmed.
Laughing stock of the world.
whirledtraveler is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 2:28 pm
  #8  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Benicia CA
Programs: Alaska MVP Gold 75K, AA 3.8MM, UA 1.1MM, enjoying the retired life
Posts: 31,207
Also being discussed in OMNI:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=757127
tom911 is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 2:28 pm
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 704
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said the eight-minute delay at the Rouses Point crossing was caused "when one of the firefighters' admissibility was brought into question." He declined to elaborate, citing immigration and privacy laws.

...

Kevin Corsaro of the border protection's Buffalo field office said the agency's primary responsibility is to protect the homeland.
I'd be willing to bet that if it were his house that they were responding to, that he'd let them through without any question.
Peetah is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 2:33 pm
  #10  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Miami, FL
Programs: AA EXP/Marriott Plat/Hertz PC
Posts: 12,724
Originally Posted by tom911 View Post
Thanks. I only saw that after posting.
whirledtraveler is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 4:05 pm
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: YUL
Posts: 2,087
And here... http://flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=757136 ... Mods, time to close all these and refer to OMNI?
okazon69 is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 10:48 pm
  #12  
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: DCA / WAS
Programs: DL 2+ million/PM, YX, Marriott Plt, *wood gold, HHonors, CO Plt, UA, AA EXP, WN, AGR
Posts: 9,387
What was the quote I heard recently? Something like
We're not here for anyone's individual safety or protection, we're here to protect the government"
or something like that.
Global_Hi_Flyer is offline  
Old Nov 14, 07, 11:15 pm
  #13  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: CLT
Programs: Choice Hotels/FFOCUS
Posts: 7,251
Originally Posted by doober View Post
Each time you read a story like this, whether it's related to the TSA or CPB, you wonder "Can it get any worse?" And each time it does get worse. Will it never end?

I was pretty much thinking the same.
coachrowsey is offline  
Old Nov 15, 07, 12:00 am
  #14  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Miami, FL
Programs: AA EXP/Marriott Plat/Hertz PC
Posts: 12,724
Originally Posted by doober View Post
Each time you read a story like this, whether it's related to the TSA or CPB, you wonder "Can it get any worse?" And each time it does get worse. Will it never end?
Sadly, I think it's going to take at least a generation. This generation has its panties too far done up in a wad.
whirledtraveler is offline  
Old Nov 15, 07, 1:32 am
  #15  
Suspended
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,715
If they didn't do this, it would make for a large very easy way to smuggle a few tons of goods across the border would it not? It's not as if this is a normal occurance. I've crossed at the border points in Quebec about 50 times. I have never heard or seen any fire trucks racing for the border. The border police were doing their due diligence. Searching a truck, checking the ID's of all aboard and running the plate in 8 minutes isn't bad. The article doesn't note if this has happened before, how long it usually takes, etc. It still is a vehicle coming from another country.
thegeneral is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread