Today I read another regional news story (I’m in Germany) about a fireman laying a fire because he liked taking part in putting them out. Only this time six people died. Other firefighters noticed that his laying the hose indicated that the knew where the source of the fire was.
Which made me think: I seem to read about this kind fairly often. Only usually the culprit lays fire to barns, sheds and other buildings where the fire is less of a threat to human life. I imagine that arson investigators must suspect the responding volunteer firemen nowadays in the same way that they suspect the owner of a well insured building.
From what the papers write on such occasions it seems these people are usually guys whose only source of appreciation and cameraderie is their fire brigade work. (Background: The volunteer fire brigade is one of the most socially important organizations in most German villages and small towns. If you don’t sing, you don’t play soccer well and you aren’t keen on sport shooting it’s often the only village organization you can join. Also only about a fifth of cases where fire brigades are called out are fires nowadays - usually it’s things like pumping out flooded cellars (boring), cutting corpses out of car wrecks (nasty), clearing streets after a storm (low profile), etc, which means that there aren’t enough fires to meet these peoples’ expectations.)
Which makes me ask of Dopers in other countries: Does ‘arson by volunteer fireman’ also often crop up in your news?