I am a vollie, about to start medic on wed. I am working in to getting into the paid system, but will never leave my vollie station until forced to. We all are trying to do the same job with the same goal. Paid or vollie. Some areas can't afford full time or paid people. My area has 12 paid SAR (already hired SO, just expanded duties). The rest all vollies. It just depends on your tax base that is decide if you have more paid or vollie (yes I know there are other factors). Like for profit hospitals, ect. In relation to SAR it is tax based.