I would not liken people to sheep thay have a higher inteligence when domesticated as pets.
It the old thing no one wants to take lead responsabilaty and the preasures with it.
But thay want to take the money for it.
Like you have said thay would just stand there and let the place burn down around them than make a disition.
Thay inturn look for an alpha lets say as we know horses a stallion mare or gilding to lead the heard.
The main word is responsabilaty.
As long as your running the show thay will take a back seat.
Also help fight the fire with fire extinwishers only if its safe and there is a need to do so if a resedent becomes traped and there is a way of helping and not endangering your self.