OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Following the Chicken Little-esque response surrounding recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service could count volunteer firefighters as employees, a pair of Kansas communities say everybody should just calm down.

The sky, in fact, is not falling.

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican, was among the first to sound the alarm last week, decrying that a potential decision by the IRS could have long-lasting ramifications on fire departments across the country. At issue for the IRS is whether volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders should count as employees.