Border Patrol Delays Canadian Firefighters

November 13, 2007

Anchorage Inn Fire, Rouses Point NY 1In a spectacular display of “Homeland Security” über alles, U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Rouses Point, NY border crossing detained Québec firefighters racing to assist fellow firemen battling a blaze at the Anchorage Inn on Lake St. in Rouses Point on Sunday evening. The blaze, which started about 11:00 p.m., burned throughout the night, destroying the inn.

Despite the fact that it’s common practice in Rouses Point to call on Canadian firefighters because some Canadian fire stations are closer than American fire stations and despite the fact that Clinton County officials contacted Customs and Border Protection to let them know the Canadian firefighters were coming, Lacolle and St. Paul, Québec crews were still delayed, as several didn’t have proper photo identification. Border Patrol also inspected some of the fire trucks.

Firefighters at the Anchorage Inn, Rouses Point NYTen fire departments fought to save the Anchorage, including crews from Isle la Motte and Alburgh, Vermont. Fire departments and emergency responders from throughout Clinton County, New York, southern Québec and northwestern Vermont all participate in a mutual aid system, providing assistance to one another during emergencies.
Anchorage Inn Fire, Rouses Point NY 2According to, Border Patrol said that “while they recognize the need for emergency crews to get to the scene of emergencies, they have a primary mission of protecting the border and need to make sure everyone crossing the border is fine to do so.” Chris Trombley of Clinton County (NY) Emergency Services said that common sense needs to be used in emergencies, including the expeditious processing of emergency officials. Isn’t it nice to know that people who don’t have the sense that God gave a goose are “protecting” you from Canadian firefighters?

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