Regarding the Jan. 26 Metro article “Uneasy allies”:

If my house is burning down, I want the person who douses the flames to be paid for it. If I enter a hospital with an emergency, I want the person who treats me to be paid for it. That’s why I don’t grasp the tension between paid and volunteer firefighters that is festering in Prince George’s County.

I mean no disrespect to the volunteer firefighters, but if your work is worth doing, it is worth being paid for. If a state, county or city needs your services, it should pay you.

Volunteering may be fine for charitable events. But when it’s life or death, everyone doing the job should be on the payroll.

Robert F. Dorr, Oakton