EMS volunteer squads are like a battered wife, covered in bruises and scared of her own shadow, stuck in an abusive relationship with Small Town America.*
Because, if you ever suggest that perhaps their town could and should pay them for their services, but never will as long as they're willing to provide them for free, they're all, "B-b-but I love him! Why would I ever leave him? And in his own way, I know he loves me, too! He just has a hard time showing it! A-a-and if I left him, who would take care of the children?"
Discuss amongst yourselves…
*Yeah, I know that doesn't describe your squad's relationship with your town. They're not like that. And you just fall a lot, that's all. We believe you, really.