Okay, whats dictates paying firefighters or not? Is it matter of necessity to pay some dept. or is it the town or city's privilege to be able to have paid professionals? Where I come from... There are seemingly no difference from one town to another but some are paid and some are not. The Paid and Volly departments could have high or low populations/ population densities. Some could have high rises and others do not. Some have a high structure fire rate/risk and some do not. Seems to me that it all depends on if tax payers wanna pay for it or not.