Imagine what would happen if our volunteer firefighters decided to stop doing their work.
Our lives and property would be in immediate danger.
And Pennsylvania's state budget would fall short by several billion dollars.
That's how much it'd cost if Pennsylvania had to hire and train firefighters, and pay for their services.
"If every local government in Pennsylvania had to convert to a paid firefighting force, it would cost an estimated $6 billion," says Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20.