I'm lucky enough to volunteer in a county where our fundraising is used only for things to benefit the members (uniforms, company meals, etc). However, there are so many departments out there that simply don't have that luxury.
I have no problem with fundraising to purchase things like furniture for the lounge or stuff like that. But items essential to do our jobs- radios, bunker gear, hose, nozzles, axes.......THEY should be supplying it.
Not everyone is comfortable with staying exterior just to prove a point.
Dont buy radios or proper bunker gear? Ok. Fine. We won't go interior at fires. When the damage gets bad enough often enough, the taxpayers will scream loud enough and the bosses will allocate the funds........