The Rancher is very involved in volunteer programs in our community. He is with the Search and Rescue, Fire Chief of our local community, and runs with the EMTs. There was a point that I thought he was crazy but we had a good talk about why he does it.
He explained that when we are wanting to live away from the city for the space needed to run a ranch (or to stay sane), we are giving up the luxury of being close which equals taking on the risk of being so far from certain conveniences, or necessities. And when we take on the risks, we also must take on the responsibilities.
So The Rancher has taken on the responsibility to be the local fire chief. And with that comes some pretty fun perks- like visiting the local elementary.