Volunteer firefighters aren't in it for the glory and they're obviously not in it for the money. Ask any volunteer why they crawl out of bed at 2 o'clock in the morning and the answer you will get is that they just want to help their neighbor
It's two o'clock in the morning and you are awoken by the strong smell of smoke. You dive for the phone and call 911, the operator asks what the problem is. You tell her you think your home is on fire. You hang up with the operator and you immediately get your family out of the house.