I view this as the perfect recipe for killing a small town, volunteer Fire Department - Des Moines Register - Conflict Over Firefighter Physicals Raises Questions About Requirement Safety Yah, it looks like there is some old school Hatfield-McCoy retribution in there, but what the heck! What small town department can afford to toss seven people off the crew? You don't have to be in Olympic athlete physical shape to play an important role in the department. Anyone have the Paul Harvey Rest Of The Story on this? Im on the city council of a small town in Story County and I have nightmares about the day we run short of volunteers.