Could local fire departments be privately operated, with their services sold directly to customers? What problems would be involved in such a system?

Could local fire departments be privately operated, with their services sold directly to customers? What problems would be involved in such a system?

Could local fire departments be privately operated, with their services sold directly to customers? What problems would be involved in such a system?

Could local fire departments be privately operated, with their services sold directly to customers? What problems would be involved in such a system?

This would not really work because, for the most part, fire protection is a public good.  It is not really possible to provide it to one household without providing it to others.It might be possible if all the houses were single-family houses and if they were so far apart that a fire from one could not possibly spread to another.But in a city, it would be impossible.  You can’t sell fire protection to Apartment 101 and deny it to 102.  If you save 101 from burning, you’re going to save 102.So, a fire department like the one you describe would have a hard time selling its services due to the free rider problem.
Could local fire departments be privately operated, with their services sold directly to customers? What problems would be involved in such a system?
Could local fire departments be privately operated, with their services sold directly to customers? What problems would be involved in such a system?
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Could local fire departments be privately operated, with their services sold directly to customers? What problems would be involved in such a system?
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