Will "Incident" pay to cover my shifts at the firehouse?
I'm a career firefighter with a city department in Illinois. I've been helping the IDNR with prescribed burns lately and gotten to know some of the IDNRs wildland firefighters. One of the guys asked if I would be interested in going out west with them if they get deployed. I told him I'd really like to do it but it would be tough getting the time off from my job with the department. We left it at that.
Recently, another firefighter told me that if I do get called up to an incident, my department can get reimbursed for the cost of hiring a firefighter to work my shifts. Is this true? Has anyone done this?