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    Default Just curious what how your dept does work?

    I have some questions. I want to see the differences and similarities within Depts.
    Feel free to ask your own questions.


    Where is your Dept at?

    Are you urban or rural?

    How many calls do you have?

    How many members do you have?

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]?

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at)

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response?

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV?

    How often does your depts. train?

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene?

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?


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    Where is your Dept at? Missouri valley IA

    Are you urban or rural? Rural

    How many calls do you have? 2013 around 350

    How many members do you have? around 25

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]? yes, bls

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at) have to make 10% of all calls in one yr, have to either ff1 or emt in first yr

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response? no set people (come if u can) home responses

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV? no, Iowa only allows blue lights

    How often does your depts. train? ones a month

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene? Meet at station, unless an officer or IC says to meet On scene

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios? only chiefs are issued radios

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    Quote Originally Posted by ffmace161 View Post
    Where is your Dept at?
    Central Virginia.

    Are you urban or rural?
    Mixture of rural and suburban.

    How many calls do you have?
    550/year on average.

    How many members do you have?
    About 55 on the roster, about 25 active.

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]?
    BLS first responder, although we do have several ALS providers as members.

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at)
    . Complete rookie book within first 6 months of membership, enroll in FF1 or EMT within one year of membership, must be FF1 to go in on a fire and/or ride in charge.

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response?
    Both - we average 176 hours per week of station staffing.

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV?
    Lights only, sirens are reserved for emergency vehicles.

    How often does your depts. train?
    Two official three-hour training sessions per month, plus other less formal training. Our members did about 2100 hours of training in 2013.

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene?
    Mixture - depends on the location of the call and the location of the member(s). We have a 56 square mile first due and members spread throughout that area.

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?
    Only the chief, assistant chief, and senior captain. Everyone else is issued pagers.
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    Where is your Dept at? Northern Iowa

    Are you urban or rural? Rural

    How many calls do you have? ~60 a year

    How many members do you have? 20

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]? Yes, BLS Non-Transport

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at) No call requirements. FF1 training has to be completed within a 18 months of joining. Driver and pump training before operating apparatus. EMS training (other than CPR/First Aid) is not mandatory.

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response? Home Response

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV? Can run Blue lights in Iowa, no sirens. None of our members run lights.

    How often does your depts. train? Minimum 2 nights a month, most of the time we have something weekly.

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene? Respond to station. Only Chief can approve POV response and it must be under extreme circumstances.

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?
    Officers are given portables. FF's are given portables if the Chief sees the need for them to carry one other than on an incident. We have radios on the trucks for people to use during incidents.

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    Where is your Dept at?
    -Eastern "lakes region" NH, on the border with Maine

    Are you urban or rural?
    -Rural, 40 square miles- with a mountain in the middle of town limits to complicate things...

    How many calls do you have?
    -2013 had 283 calls, 2012 was a handful over 300

    How many members do you have?
    -10, including 2 auxillary (see below)

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]?
    -Yes, BLS response, non-transport. Currently 2 EMT-B and 2 EMR (first responder). One EMT-B is in class for EMT-A though.

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at)
    -I believe enrollment in FFI or EMT within a year of joining. We also have an auxiliary membership for those that want to be of assistance to the department but not obtain certifications.

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response?
    -Primarily home response. Station is usually staffed with 2 on Saturday's from 9am-1pm

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV?
    -Red lights here, inside of town limits only. The state allows sirens but the department does not.

    How often does your depts. train?
    -1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month as well as the Saturday following the 3rd Wednesday

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene?
    -There is no SOP that I'm aware of on this. 98% of the time, if I'm home when we get a call I'll head to the station since I live the closest (still 6 minutes away). Usually the Lt comes to the station too and we take the first due engine. The only time I've gone direct to the scene (when I've been home) is when it's an alarm-type situation and I know I'll be first there or if it's on the way to the station. Since we are small in numbers and very spread out, it would be hard to require response to the station 100% of the time. We usually have a good idea of who is "around" and know if anyone is out of town for an extended period of time and base response on that.

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?
    -At this time everyone has a portable. BUT we are a small department and several years ago got a grant to purchase radios. As membership (hopefully) increases beyond the number of portables I have a feeling priority on issuing them will be given to officers and certified members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ffmace161 View Post
    I have some questions. I want to see the differences and similarities within Depts.
    Feel free to ask your own questions.


    Where is your Dept at?
    Northern NY

    Are you urban or rural?
    Rural

    How many calls do you have?
    Averaging about 120 a year

    How many members do you have?
    25, about 15 active

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]?
    BLS, non-transport

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what training
    level you have to be at)
    10% of the calls, five meetings, required training

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response?
    Home response

    Can you run lights and sirens in your POV?
    Chiefs can run RLAS, all other blue "courtesy" light only

    How often does your depts. train?
    Not as much as we should

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene?
    Station except officers, who oftimes go to the station anyhow.

    Do Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?
    Officers and key personnel only have issued portables. Everyone gets a pager.
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    I am very fortunate to have landed a career gig at an early age but I have stayed active with my volunteer company as well. I will give the states on the volunteer side of my life.

    Where is your Dept at? Central New Jersey (Approx. 40 minutes from Manhatten)

    Are you urban or rural? Urban

    How many calls do you have? Average 950 @ my station (3,500 as a department)

    How many members do you have? 55

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]? No EMS, the occasional assist with a lift only.

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at) minimum percentage is 45% of all calls, training, and meetings. State Firefighter Level 1 required to respond to calls.

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response? Home response

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV? Blue lights only per state law

    How often does your depts. train? Minimum of three training drills per month (Tuesday Nights)

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene? Station Response Only, unless a Chief

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios? Line Officers only, portables are stored on the rigs for everyone elses use.

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    Where is your Dept at?
    Oklahoma

    Are you urban or rural?
    mostly rural, some suburban

    How many calls do you have?
    About 400/yr

    How many members do you have?
    Avg 35

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]?
    Yes, BLS non transport though we do have several medics.

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what training
    level you have to be at)

    EMT & FF1 within first 12 months

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response?
    Staff as possible on your shift day if you live outside the district. All else is home response.

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV?
    Negative

    How often does your depts. train?
    Training nights once a week plus guys go to whatever training is going on in the state as available.

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene?
    Always station first.

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?
    Key guys have radios, everyone has a pager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ffmace161 View Post
    I have some questions. I want to see the differences and similarities within Depts.
    Feel free to ask your own questions.


    Where is your Dept at? Northwestern PA

    Are you urban or rural? Rural

    How many calls do you have? Lately the average has been 200

    How many members do you have? 20 active

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]? BLS-non transport

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at) I have to be missing something. I can't think of any "tanning" requirements from any departments I have heard of Seriously though, you only have to meet requirements to vote in meetings or on officers, not to be a member.

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response? From home

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV? Only chiefs can run red lights, and sirens can only be used in conjunction with red lights. The rest can run blue lights, but most don't

    How often does your depts. train? Every Monday night

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene? SOP's are for everyone to go to the scene unless you are medically trained and going by the scene on the way to the hall. Unless, of course you are a chief.

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?
    All officers are issued portables otherwise they are kept on the apparatus

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    [B]Where is your Dept at?
    Southeast Iowa

    Are you urban or rural?
    Rural

    How many calls do you have?
    225 average

    How many members do you have?
    30

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]?
    We do no EMS

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at)

    Must get FF1 with in 1 year. We train once a week. Suppose to make 25% of calls.

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response?
    Home Response

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV?
    Only a blue courtesy light in Iowa

    How often does your depts. train?
    1 time a week is our official meeting

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene?
    Meet at the station

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?
    Officers are issued radios. All the trucks have enough for riding positions. We are allowed to buy our own with permission of the chief.

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    Where is your Dept at? Southern Maryland

    Are you urban or rural? Rural

    How many calls do you have? About 2200 per year

    How many members do you have? Approximately 100.

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]? BLS, although we have several members who are ALS qualified.

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at) EMT within first 2 years. FF1 in order to ride fire apparaus. Must get a total of 60 points per years (calls, training, drill, meetings fundraising/collateral duty)

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response? Home response, although we normally have at least 1 crew at the station.

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV? For most members, no. Chief officers are allowed a single dash light only.

    How often does your depts. train? Drills approximatly every week. Training provided by MFRI and offered throughout the year.

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene? All members must ride apparatus from the station. Only officers allowed to go to the scene.

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios? Captains and above are issued radios, each apparatus has portable radios.

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    Where is your Dept at? Eastern edge of the Texas Rolling Plains

    Are you urban or rural? Rural. Woodson has a population of 262. Primary coverage area is 452 square miles.

    How many calls do you have? Varies greatly depending on the year, but average is 40-50. This past year was less than 30. The two years before were over 70, and five of those were multi-day events.

    How many members do you have? 16 active

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]? BLS non-transport

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at) No specific requirements on the number of calls, and nothing specific on training, although that will likely change in the near future.

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response? Home response.

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV? Lights are allowed, and a few members have them.

    How often does your depts. train? Once a month.

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene? Meet at the station. The only exception to that is if we are responding to a non-fire call and would pass or nearly pass the location on the way to town to the fire hall. The chief also may use his POV to go directly to scene.

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios? Yes, everyone in the department is issued a portable radio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ffmace161 View Post

    Where is your Dept at?
    We're a national service now, but I'm in what used to be the fire service for the Grampian area of Northeast Scotland.

    Are you urban or rural?
    My station is suburban. Our suburban areas are much, much smaller than those in the US, so our territory also covers a large rural area and we are often called into the city, too.

    How many calls do you have?
    An average of 330+ a year, or about one a day. Like Trumpton, really.

    How many members do you have?
    Thousands, being a national service. We have ten at my station.

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]?
    All that sort of stuff is done by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning
    level you have to be at)
    For retained crew like me we must be available at least 90 hours a week and attend at least 48 training nights every year.

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response?
    We're all on call. We do have full-time staff at the station, but they aren't operational firefighters, they're mostly involved in fire investigation and fire safety inspection.

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV?
    Unfortunately, that's not legal here.

    How often does your depts. train?
    We have drill nights every Wednesday.

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene?
    We go to the station, crew the vehicle and head out. We aren't allowed to leave the station with less than a crew of four, so the engine shows as unavailble to control if there aren't at least four of us booked on the availability system.
    We aren't allowed to go straight to the scene of an incident on our own, we have to go to the station. This has led to several occassions where I've driven all the way to the station only to follow the same route back to an incident only a few hundred yards from my house and one occassion where I ran past a burning house on the way to the station, shouting that I'd be back in a minute with a fire engine.

    Edit: Senior officers can take their own vehicle if they are on call but not at work. They are also allowed a single blue light and siren. They are all full-time employees of the service, though.

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?
    There are a number of radios carried in the appliance: one each for the B.A. team, one for E.C.O., one for the O.I.C. and obviously on-board radio equiment for the driver/pump operator. The only guy who doesn't get one is the sixth crew member who is basically a gopher.
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    Where is your Dept at?
    Vermont

    Are you urban or rural?
    Urban - population ~ 7,239, first due area of 1.5 square miles.

    How many calls do you have?
    In the neighborhood of 400/yr.

    How many members do you have?
    We are budgeted for 26 members, currently down to 19.

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]?
    No EMS aside from the occasional lift assist when requested.

    What are your requirements for your dept?
    Must be at least 18 years of age, complete a basic firefighter's course within one year of acceptance, maintain positive call response(no hard requirement), attend all department training nights.

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response?
    100% home response.

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV?
    In Vermont we can run red/white and sirens in our POVs. Must have a light permit carried in vehicle signed by the chief, subject to disciplinary action if abused.

    How often does your depts. train?
    Every Wednesday.

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene?
    Everyone responds to the station to staff the apparatus, with the exception of the Chief and Deputy Chief who go direct.

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?
    Officers are issued take-home radios. All apparatus have enough radios for everyone to have one on-scene.
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    Where is your Dept at?

    -Central Oklahoma (NE Oklahoma County)

    Are you urban or rural?

    -Small town/rural: Primary response area encompasses 50.3 square miles (7.3 city and 43 county), and includes Historic Route 66, I-44, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Line, and the Deep Fork River.

    How many calls do you have?

    -Around 325 per year, but steadily increasing. We also respond on the county Wildland Task Force statewide, and to major events such as tornado strikes. In county, we have a system set up for wildland response known as "War Day", which is activated depending on fire weather conditions. This automatically respond the closest two fire departments on any wildland call.

    How many members do you have?

    -21

    Does your Dept do EMS? If so at what level? [BLS,ALS]?

    -Non transport, BLS with individual protocols.

    What are your requirements for your dept? (ie how many call have to be made, what tanning level you have to be at)

    -No set call number to maintain. Supposed to achieve Structural Firefighter, FF1, or EMT within first year.

    Does your dept staff people at the station? Or Home response?

    -Station is not staffed, but there are folks there quite often, even at night.

    Can you run lights and sirens in our POV?

    -No, per Oklahoma state law.

    How often does your depts. train?

    -No "official" training in-house, but we make a lot of training statewide at individual classes and training events.

    Do you meet at the station first? Or just take your POV to the scene?

    -Depends on call type and location. Those of us who are EMT or higher are allowed to respond POV as long as (a)we have our own complete kit including O2, and (b)as long as either a unit or POV equipped with an AED is en-route. Fire calls we generally respond to the station except when directed to respond to scene.

    Does Firefighters get issued portable radios OR who gets radios?

    -All members have handheld VHF radios. Additionally, some members are either assigned or have purchased their own 800mhz handhelds as well, and a few have UHF and/or 700mhz capability in addition. There are several of us in the Dept that are COMT and/or COML certified, as well as a couple of Amateur Radio Operators, so we have a bit of personal COMM equipment, including mobile radios in our POVs. We also receive call info via text.

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    Rural Missouri

    Rural

    22ish fires per year (no reliable statistics available to me)

    16 Firefighters (counting officers, juniors, cadets etc, drivers only)

    We do EMS at the first responder (EMR) level

    No response/participation/attendance/trainingrequirements whatsoever

    Home Response

    Yeah, almost everyone has lights and most have sirens, some are a little over-enthusiastic with them.

    Meetings every other week, training occasionally at the meetings

    Depends, we have more firefighters than seats on the trucks so some have to respond POV

    Everyone gets a portable radio to carry, its the only way of hearing the tones as we don't have pagers.

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