At what point will you no longer ask your firefighters to respond in a catastrophic situation. When do you decide that they are better off going home to protect and be with their families. I hope this would never have to cross ones mind but it always could happen.
Earth sits in a meteor shooting gallery. The chance of being hit by one is the same chance you and I take driving down the road in our vehicles and being killed in an accident. Scary when you think of it. Other things such as Yellowstone and Mt. Lassen that can “blow” anytime as they are due. Or the surrounding forest is in such a blaze that your firefighters need to get their families out of harms way and evacuate. When do you tell them that they need to put their own families and lives before others in the community.
So as an officer or firefighter, think about these catastrophic situations (that may never occur) and what is right in the situation. When the whole area is getting rained on with rock and volcanic ash… people are in need more than ever. Yet, how can you expect personal to show up when they want/need to make sure their loved ones are safe. Scary thinking but it can always happen.