I used to belong to the local volunteer fire dept. And I can be abrasive and willnever win any popularity contest. They tolerated me because I could fix the old fire trucks they started out with. thn they got grant money and more modern equipt . and began having rigged elections and electing captians ect. Then they wanted to charge everyone in the area a yearly fee. Tried to make it mandatory. and I protested and stated I would see them in court. So I left. You can buy a yearly Subscription on a voluntary basis. but if your not a member they will charge $500 to come if your have a fire. I told them all my stuff is paid for. If it catches on fire don't come let it burn down. The woman who lives just south of my other place had a electrical fire. And they are much older than me. And she didn't call the Fire Dept. She called me. I went and first thing pulled the electric meter. and then addressed the fire. Rats had chewed some wiring. Someone not the owners had called the fire dept. I had the fire out and was waiting on the electric coop to come and reinstall the meter before they showed up. boy where they mad. Its all about folks wanting to be big shots and boss other folks.