Staying at Bingo instead of responding to structure fire
It's every bit as bad as it sounds.
A volunteer fire department in West Virginia did not respond to a structure fire 3 miles from their station--and yes, in their first-due area--because a "non-firefighting member" told them to stay at the Bingo event going on at their station.
Watch the video and read the news stories linked in the description.
And by the way, in 2010 they got a SAFER grant for $220k. I wonder if the terms of the grant require only that you have people around, not that they necessarily respond. SAFER, you are a world-class waste.
Without sinking to the below mental attitude of some
I used to belong to a volunteer station that had Sunday afternoon bingo and when we had a call, not everybody went. Enough went on the call and those left behind managed the bingo till the rest came back.
As for a non firefighting member in this situation, he/she would of found themselves standing all alone in the station. Bingo can wait, the life of a person in trouble, is what and why we became volunteers to serve the community even at the risk of our own lives.