You damn kids get off my lawn!
More Fallout From FCC VoIP Decision
At least in my home county, the 3-5 closest township fire departments are volunteer-only. They get some nominal funding via levies for equipment and operating expense. 911 is handled at the county level, and as such needs to be funded county wide, as opposed to eacy city, village, or township.
Most townships won't have enough operating budget to run 911 - they have a hard enough time attempting to funding schools...
Of course, this is just my experience, YMMV, etc. etc.