According to an Associated Press story, officials in Georgia are considering saving money by putting prisoners in fire stations. According to the story, the inmates would respond to all emergencies, including residential fires, alongside “traditional” firefighters.
I guess “traditional” in this sense means men and women who haven’t been convicted of a felony. The story also says the “traditional” firefighters, who apparently don’t have enough to do in the middle of a roaring blaze, would be trained to guard the inmates working with them.
I am not making this up.
An interview with the Fire Chief might go something like this: “I wish the new guys could climb the ladder faster, but those handcuffs and leg irons are really slowing them down!”