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Why pay all firefighters?

Not only do all firefighters deserve payment for the amount of hard work and time they put in, it would be beneficial for everyone, including the people of all the cities and towns in the area. They leave their jobs and homes and try to get to the fire hall as safely and quickly as possible. Sometimes, that can take a quite a bit of time to get a full crew.

Imagine living out in the country where the nearest paid fire department is almost a half hour away. That means that your local department is ran by volunteers who more than likely have day jobs. It is about 11 on a Wednesday morning, and your house catches on fire, and is fully involved (almost all of it is burning). Most of your local volunteer department will be at work or unavailable to respond, so they’ll have to wait for mutual aid to come. Or, worse, you could wait for the nearest paid department. You could be waiting for a half hour for them to crew and get on scene. Would you want to wait and watch your belongings burn until you could get a fire department there?

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If we professionalize all fire companies, then we will have crews on standby at all times who can get on a truck and go to the scene as soon as the tones drop. They can be on scene in as little as 15 minutes. When it’s your belongings that are at risk, you want the quickest response time that you can possibly get.

With paid departments, there are people at the station at all times who are ready to drop everything and go to a call at a minutes notice. Most volunteer fire departments do not have anyone on standby, and have to wait for everyone to respond to the hall in order to crew a truck.