Back on Tuesday thom had a discussion with a conservative who brought up volunteer fire departments as a rebuttal to Thom's "socialist fire dept and police dept." line of argument. Not for the first time! These conservative always get off easy when they do that. Our local volunteer fire dept is a multi-million dollar investment in the firehouse, vehicles, tools and equipment. Annual training costs are not volunteered either. This investment in made and paid for through local, state and federal taxes(yes, federal). What do these idiots think, the volunteers drive to the fire in their own cars with some water in the trunk, and throw it on the fire with buckets that they buy themselves?