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    Hi guys, Im new to this forum, and I want to start volunteering.
    For volunteer departments, is there a set amount of shifts you need to do per week? Or month? I know training is mandatory, but how often are shifts? And do you respond during your shift that you're working?
    If you're at home and there is a call do you have to respond? What happens if you can't make it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by patzyboi View Post
    Hi guys, Im new to this forum, and I want to start volunteering.
    For volunteer departments, is there a set amount of shifts you need to do per week? Or month? I know training is mandatory, but how often are shifts? And do you respond during your shift that you're working?
    If you're at home and there is a call do you have to respond? What happens if you can't make it?
    depends on the department you are part of


    what state are you in?

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    suggest go set down with the volunteer dept in your area and ask away.

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    I am in California. How are you scheduling like? Also, if you're called in for a big fire, are you obligated for the duration of that fire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by patzyboi View Post
    I am in California. How are you scheduling like? Also, if you're called in for a big fire, are you obligated for the duration of that fire?
    Scheduling is all over the board. We don't schedule at all - it's always a "best effort" with any and all who are available responding. Some departments schedule shifts, and usually have a requirement like X hours a month.

    Except for really big events, it's usually expected that you'll stay until the incident is over. For big events, you may be relieved. That's a question for your fire department leadership.

    You probably need to talk to your employer to find out what their policy is for time off for firefighters. Many states also have policies/laws regarding volunteer firefighters and an employers rights/duties in that regard. I have no idea where California stands in that regard.
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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