I never have although I have been kicked out of buildings about 250 times for false alarms. In my life I have seen one structure fire, which was a factory, and known one person whose house had a fire, an older boy I knew slightly at school. No one was hurt. Never called the fire brigade. They generally have nothing to do. They have more false alarms than genuine call outs and most of their genuine call outs are not fire-related. If there is a fire it's very rarely a domicile, it will usually be a torched car or rubbish dump on fire etc. Similar to the police I have personally got nothing back from all of the taxes that I have paid them. Fire used to be a big killer a few decades ago but nowadays you hardly even worry about it. More safety features in buildings Fire retardant substances Smoke alarms More advanced heating systems / less burning coal/wood Fewer factories and manufacturing Less smoking People don't fry their own chips much now Everyone carrying a phone means the Fire Brigade will be called immediately Fire is somehow fascinating though and sometimes you do still get a deadly structure fire. I don't live in a wildfire area but that looks pretty bad and it seems to be getting worse. That's a whole different kettle of fish, firemen can't really put those out like a burning building.