Volunteer verses paid service
One thing I just don't get.... how does a municipal government decide whether or not their Fire Departments are paid or must be volunteer. Granted I understand that the volunteers still get some form of compensation and all their training paid for etceteras, but I don't understand how they determine the salary verses volunteer.
In Windsor, Ontario, where I used to live the Fire Fighters are on salary... yet the counties are volunteer. Is there a certain population number a community has to achieve before they become paid? Are their other factors to decide?