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    We do both.

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    We do both - we have full time paid staff that work 24/48 shifts. The part time members (like myself) work a 24 once a quarter but are on call (they tone us out via minitor) for structure calls.

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    Pager.

    Station shifts would last about a week. With ~100 calls a year, that's an average of two a week. Given the propensity for calls to come in bunches, it's entirely possible that we could go a couple of weeks with zero responses, and you can only inventory the trucks so many times, if you know what I mean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    Pager.

    Station shifts would last about a week. With ~100 calls a year, that's an average of two a week. Given the propensity for calls to come in bunches, it's entirely possible that we could go a couple of weeks with zero responses, and you can only inventory the trucks so many times, if you know what I mean.
    Oh, I see why it's not worth it expenses wise. You see, my VFD does shifts because we get about 130-150 calls a month ( EMS and fire). We are in one of the top 10 fastest growing county's in the east coast so we get a lot of calls. It just makes sense to do shifts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeadowGlen View Post
    Oh, I see why it's not worth it expenses wise. You see, my VFD does shifts because we get about 130-150 calls a month ( EMS and fire). We are in one of the top 10 fastest growing county's in the east coast so we get a lot of calls. It just makes sense to do shifts.
    This would be where?

    That run load is pretty good for a volunteer department. I know career companies that don't run 1500 a year. Maybe you all should become a career department, if you are doing that much buisness every month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnee View Post
    This would be where?

    That run load is pretty good for a volunteer department. I know career companies that don't run 1500 a year. Maybe you all should become a career department, if you are doing that much buisness every month.
    Alright I just rechecked my FD call tally. We actually get anywhere from 90-130 calls a month ( again EMS+fire ). That is, so far this year. Last year the guys told me that it was very very busy and they hadn't seen anything like it. The number of car crashes due to texting and phones skyrocketed too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeadowGlen View Post
    Oh, I see why it's not worth it expenses wise. You see, my VFD does shifts because we get about 130-150 calls a month ( EMS and fire). We are in one of the top 10 fastest growing county's in the east coast so we get a lot of calls. It just makes sense to do shifts.
    Hmm... YOUR VFD? The one that you are not a member of yet because you are 15?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    Hmm... YOUR VFD? The one that you are not a member of yet because you are 15?
    I guess your right I'm not yet a member but I met the chief today. Was showed around and introduced to everyone. I turn 16 in 5 days so after that I can start training. What I ment by "my local VFD" was that it was the closest to me and I will soon join. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Your definitely right it is not "my" VFD. ..............Kyle
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    Most places have pagers some do shift's.

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    Pagers. We're close to 100 calls a year. EMS is seperate.

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    about 120 calls/year (fire..rescue..bs..)

    we use pagers/text/whistle

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    In Station Crews....... We also have Pagers, etc. BUT, if you're going to go on the call, you need to be in the station. We are required to be out the door in 1 minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeadowGlen View Post
    Alright I just rechecked my FD call tally. We actually get anywhere from 90-130 calls a month ( again EMS+fire ). That is, so far this year. Last year the guys told me that it was very very busy and they hadn't seen anything like it. The number of car crashes due to texting and phones skyrocketed too.
    Thats not a lot when you throw in EMS.

    I don't want to get into a p$#&ing contest, but its not that high.

    My VFD runs about 400/year and we don't do EMS.

    The EMS runs about 1200 or so.

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    We are a combination department..station is staffed 24 hrs with 3 man crews...we all have pagers that we utilize..however, all in city calls are handled by the duty crew, unless they are busy and we will be toned in for that, as well as any mutual aid calls we receive...on occasion, part time staff can work a fill in shift in the even that a full time member is out
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    My VFD runs about 400 calls a year fire and EMS. We use pagers and text pages. We don't have any on-call members or anyone hang out at the station for shifts..... Tones drop respond.....

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    Combination department with primarily home response and bunks at the Central Station for the volunteer staff if you wish to ride-out.

    We also have mobile homes at 4 of our 5 volunteer stations, which we allow volunteer members to live in free in exchange for 45 duty hours and performance of certain station tasks.

    That run load is pretty good for a volunteer department. I know career companies that don't run 1500 a year. Maybe you all should become a career department, if you are doing that much buisness every month.

    Funny, as I was thinking if a career department is only doing 1,500 runs a year maybe they should become a volunteer, or at a minimum, a combo department with minimal career staffing.

    Start doing the math on how much you are paying for manpower on a per run basis, and those runs are probably pretty expensive.
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    For us it's both. We try to staff the station with at least 1 crew. Depending on the time of day, the 2nd or 3rd piece may be staffed by people coming from home. We are fortunate to have a lot of shift workers who are able to provide day staffing, and enough live-ins that we had to expand our bunk rooms.

    We can't match Harve's totals, but we ran just over 2000 calls last year (EMS and Fire combined) and have 350 already this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeadowGlen View Post
    I guess your right I'm not yet a member but I met the chief today. Was showed around and introduced to everyone. I turn 16 in 5 days so after that I can start training. What I ment by "my local VFD" was that it was the closest to me and I will soon join. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Your definitely right it is not "my" VFD. ..............Kyle
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    In Station Crews....... We also have Pagers, etc. BUT, if you're going to go on the call, you need to be in the station. We are required to be out the door in 1 minute.

    Calls............

    2008............. 3,214 or 267 per month average

    2009............. 4,003 or 333 per month average

    2010............. 3,870 or 322.5 per month average

    Not bad for a place without Red Apparatus.............
    Harve, question for ya (that I know makes you Pee Gee guys cry every time it is asked, especially the 33 boys......)

    Are those totals tallied up for each individual apparatus in your station or are they completely seperate incidents your station is dispatched too??
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    We have radios, not pagers and respond from home or wherever we happen to be. We also are strongly encouraged to put in 24 hours of duty every month, preferably in the form of two 12 hr shifts at the station. We try to have someone at the station for an overnight shift every night but we're not quite there yet.

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    Combo department. Volunteers at night. In-house M-F and pagers Sat/Sun.
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    100% volunteer, no "staffing" per se.

    Voice pager (Minitor V), email, and text message. Obviously, the last two are redundant "nice to have systems" and not meant for actual dispatching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyrnResQ View Post
    Voice pager (Minitor V), email, and text message. Obviously, the last two are redundant "nice to have systems" and not meant for actual dispatching.
    It's funny, though - sometimes I'll get the text on my cell phone before the tones drop.
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    When I worked part-time for a combo department in the parish across the river we had an in-house printer, a text pager and a radio.

    Printer hit first at the same time as the house lights, followed by the text, then the tones.

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