You Volunteer firefighters who get pay should really count your blessing. We get no money at all for any time we spend in the fire department. In fact we are a very rural dept. so we don't have very much money for equipment( thank God for grant Programs)and we pay for some supplies out of our own pockets and make the equipment that we can't afford. I do wish we could get paid at least for the gas we use driving to the fire station.
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12-12-1999, 08:11 PM #21craig7404Firehouse.com Guest
12-13-1999, 12:36 AM #22MFD3246Firehouse.com Guest
Well said, Jay & Craig!
Jay, you bring up an interesting point, one which I will check further into for my district.
Craig, I do count my blessings.. but I'd still be doing this even without the $6/call. If it were about money, I'd certainly be in the wrong field. It amounts to a nice "Christmas Bonus", but as I say, I'm doing it because it's what I do.
Thanks for the input!
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12-13-1999, 12:40 PM #23Bob SnyderFirehouse.com Guest
We're all on straight salary:
Dep/Asst Chief: $000,000
But seriously...remuneration is the wave of the future. It may be pay-per-call, it may be local tax breaks, it may be something else. It's getting harder and harder to recruit people to do this (or anything else) for free. We'll hold out as long as we can, but it's not going to last forever. We all might as well face up to that.
12-14-1999, 01:35 AM #24Pelican LakeFirehouse.com Guest
Our Vol. Fire Dept. does PAY a stripend to all FF's based on how many meetings/trainings, and how many hours on fire runs each year. And it is paid out in December as a "Bonus". This year mine came out to $2.66 per meeting and $6.00 per hour on fire runs. Our Chief and Officers get the same pay as FF and no extra. And yes we do get taxes and Medicare taken out of it. I think I only missed 6 meetings (2+ per month) & 4 fire calls this year (total calls 39), so after taxes I got a wopping $119.13. Hey it's not like it's a paying job but it is a nice way to say "thank-you" and a little comp. for when you have to close your business to go out on a fire call. I, myself, would still be doing it even if we didn't get anything. I don't think any of us are ever "in it for the money" whether your "totally Volunteer, paid per call, or paid on call. But how can you say we're "Paid" if it's not even minimum wage? But to tell you the truth... I would much rather get a "thank-you" then the check.
12-14-1999, 07:47 PM #25craig7404Firehouse.com Guest
Thank you MFD3246 for you kind words and thoughts. I did not mean any harm between paid or not paid Volunteer fire fighters. I was just stating that so are more fortunite then others, But we all fight fires for the same reasons and it cannot be the money, it must be because we want to help our neighbors and our towns or communities.
12-15-1999, 04:49 PM #26Chief TaylorFirehouse.com Guest
I just would like to thank those of you whom have put in thier information on how they distribute monies to thier people.
I have been given approval for some type of limited compensation for my people, and there are some really good ideas listed on this link.
I am tryiing to iether go with the point system or a combination of point/stipend system.
12-17-1999, 08:43 AM #27Chief2Firehouse.com Guest
Hope this helps...
We are paid $7.00 per call on a fee-for-service basis. Our coverage area is 120 sq. miles, so it covers expenses.
Chief gets $750, Asst. Chief gets $375, and the captains each get $150 per year for additional expenses they incur.
The reason for the payment is to cover gas and vehicle wear and tear. You also get an additional $80.00 per year clothing allowance.
12-20-1999, 07:54 PM #28Fire207Firehouse.com Guest
We recieve a 'clothing allowance' of $200 per year at our December meeting. It is a nice bonus at that time of year. It is by no means the reason I volunteer to fight fires.
"Bustin' Ours To Save Yours"
12-23-1999, 01:43 AM #29mfd632Firehouse.com Guest
i'm a VFF on a small dept.20 members,3000 residents,in a large area.we have 80-120 calls(fire/ems)a year there is $7500 set aside each year for an honerarium $2500 goes to the chief off the top,from the dept.chief on down we split the rest this way
2nd year to dep.chief=1 point/call,2 points/practice we have 4 practices/month 2 ems, 2 fire.all the points are added together and then divided into $5000 and a $ figure for each point is figured out this year it was 6.47 a point but half the team is rookies(less than one year)i had the 3rd highest points this year and recived $0
all comments would be appreciated
12-23-1999, 06:12 PM #30NAMBONKFirehouse.com Guest
Many people say I am a volunteer, I do it for my community! No, if you are recieving any type money for your actions you are a paid fire fighter(call firefighter) in a paid fire department. You are foolish to think any other way. It may not be a lot of money, but it is some money.
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