I was once a member of a volunteer fire department in orange county. I loved it and I loved the training and sense if responsibility it gave me. I had friends who joined or looked into joining other departments in orange county. One major thing we all found is that the departments are more bussiness and politics and are quite deamanding on members especialky for being volunteers. There is of course necessary training and meetings to attend so the members can do things correctly. It also made some feel that being a volunteer was just as demanding as a full time job. Alot of times it seems like commisioners dont want to spend any money or organize any member activities. Like pizza and movie night or something along those lines. Something for the members to gather in a non stressful enviroment and collaborate and really build up the “family” feel of a fire department.

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