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    Will there be job protection for those volunteers chosen for the two-man teams? I know many well-trained volunteers that could apply to help, but their families cannot survive a month without a paycheck. Have there been any provisions made to help responders manage their lives while being deployed?
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    The USFA/FEMA release mentions wage remuneration.

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/about/media/katrina.shtm

    That is apparently why they are only requesting Career Depts with thier Municipal/District authority right now. It is easier to calculate the compensation.

    This initial request is for full-time career firefighters that are employed by municipal government and sponsored by that municipality because of the way that salaries and expenses will be reimbursed. We will include the volunteer fire service in the next phase.
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    I am trying to square things away here at work first. I have every intention on getting down there if it is legistically possible.
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    just in case i warned my employer this morning. I have volunteered to help mississippi search and rescue and am eagerly awaiting the fema volunteer activation if it happens. I was told by mississippi i would probably be receiving a phone call today. my employers response was....dont they know we are busy here? some people....just dont get it

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    Will there be job protection for those volunteers chosen for the two-man teams?

    One would hope you'd attract volunteers smart enough to know that for themselves before they'd leave.

    Experience, unfortunately, has shown otherwise.

    If you read the FEMA announcement, they're just looking at career guys right now on the assumption their Chief will only approve them from deployment knowing the local community will continue to pay them, and get reimbursement later.

    That Chief, signing off on it, also has to be cognizant that there maybe additional non-reimbursed costs -- think of him when he goes to the City Council to ask for more overtime because he approved 2 of his firefighters to go to Louisana...which they'll get reimbursed for...but it triggered mandatory minimum manning requirements that necessitated Overtime to fill for 30 days.

    That's a much more complicated nut to crack with non-Emergency Services oriented employers.

    One of the biggest problems we have in the Fire Service is lack of discipline -- organizational and personal. Now is not the time to spring upon your employer out of the blue that you're going to join a rescue group, see you in a month. This is something, if you're interested in, you should have joined a while ago and had the conversations with your boss about it's implications.

    Sure -- for those in the area immediately affected, the employers should be very sympathetic (Harrah's, for example, has already announced they will continue everyone on payroll for at least 90 days at their three wiped-out Casinos).

    I'd take a dim view if I was in, say, Illinois and I had someone decide they wanted to go galavanting out the blue for the next month, but they'll be back and expecting their job to be here in 30 days. Some jobs that's OK and no big deal; other businesses that can be a hardship.

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    i dont beleive it matters where you are from. no offense.

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