Anonymous asked in Social ScienceSociology · 1 month ago

What is the point of volunteer firefighters?

First of all, why would you not pay them? Second of all, what kind of crack must one do to think that having firefighters respond from their home to the station (instead of having them at the station) is a good idea??

3 Answers

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    the point is that if your community isn't big enough to have professional firefighters, you still need someone who can put out the few fires a year that happen

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Many places cannot afford to have full time firefighters. My town has an all-volunteer squad. We are trained in firefighting techniques, as well as first aid (we are all state-certified paramedics).

    We do receive some benefits (40% city tax discount).

    Is it a good idea? Well, we've started a youth squad, where we help train 14-19 year olds to be "Junior Fire Safety Officers", and use their assistance (helping with some equipment) when we are called out to fires (2-3 per year)

  • 1 month ago

    Would you waste your time away sitting around at a fire station, waiting until a volunteer position is needed?  There's a BIG point to it.  When there is a huge fire that is spreading and burning acres of land, the smaller fire fighters who are paid cannot handle it.  They are meant to  handle fires within their city limits or county limits.  When acres and acres are burning, fire fighters from adjacent states come to the rescue to help get it under control.  Many of those people are volunteers.  They are heros.  They don't need to be beaten down by you.

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