View Poll Results: in what capacity of a fire fighter do you serve?

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  • volunteer

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  • full time

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    Default on call, volunteer or full time?

    ok who is volunteer? on call or full time? do you also run medical service? and what is your call volume?

    im an on call guy. all of dartmouth is on call, 3 districts, gross call volume in fire calls 1200. private ambulance service contracted by the town, 2 basic life support ambulances run out of the north and south fire stations with 2 advanced life support personel in a medic cruiser in the north station. the only full time people are the 3 chiefs all the deputy chiefs are paid a salary but its not a full time gig. we do need a full time department.

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    PAID and PROUD. IAFF member too!

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    Full time Department...We average around 20,000 calls per year.

    We have 15 stations and serve the entire county. We are also the regional Haz-Mat response provider for 13 counties. We also have TRT, USAR and RMAT response teams.

    We went from BLS to ALS 2 years ago, but the county ambulance service still handles all transport.

    I forsee us taking that over in the next 2-3 years...




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    Volunteer this year we are up on calls. 235 so far this year. Run first responder ems.
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    Career firefighter, IAFF member and the proud owner of two leather lids!

    I agree with Dartmouth needing full time personnel. UMass Dartmouth keeps them really busy ( my son is senior there), and the stretch of Route 6 that goes through Dartmouth has a lot of commercial occupancies, malls, chain restaurants, car dealerships, etc.
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    Career Union Firefighter for almost 15 years.

    Paid on Call firefighter for 28 years.

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    career on a 16 man 1 chief deparatment that makes about 1200 runs we run bls non transport out of 2 stations been here for 2.5 years . and a vol for 10 years on a department that is combo that has 4 stations and makes 700 runs a year and is bls non transport with hazmat and dive teams. and i am also a vol on a all vol department that makes 150 runs and is bls non transport and i have been on it for 8 years.

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    Volunteer for over four years at a combi depts. we run fire and assist the city-run ems. we ran about 1200 calls last year split between two stations. my other dept. ran about 800 calls through one station.

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    Two and a half year volunteer and planning to go back to Tennessee to try getting on a paid department.
    I actually think I can cut the mustard on a fireground,God help me.
    Not counting Paducah's career people,McCracken County Kentucky has five volunteer departments and the one thing we have in common is that we'll train with the other departments,we'll offer help beyond just calling Central to report an incident,and we drop what we are doing to respond if able to since Kentucky doesn't require employers to let volunteers go to calls when the tones drop.
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    Paid Fire Lieutenant in an East Coast City and a union member for about 15 years.

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    proud Career FF and IAFF member

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    Volunteer and part-time on a small combo department. We do about 1200 runs a year, with most of them being EMS first-response. Have been in the game since 1979.

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    Retired volunteer firefighter after 12 years. Paid EMS for the last 10 years and counting.
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    Career union firefighter for @11 years, was a volunteer for 12 years before that
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    Career 12 years Austin TX. 10 yrs union 2 yrs non union.

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    Salaried Chief - Combination Department 6 "Firemedics" IAFF 3151 supported by 35 Volunteers - Average 1,000 runs a year
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp
    Career Union Firefighter for almost 15 years.

    Paid on Call firefighter for 28 years.

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    "Career Union Firefighter for almost 15 years"- Also a vollie right !! -don't include Union - cause your not !!!

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    Vollie and proud of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gi102180
    "Career Union Firefighter for almost 15 years"- Also a vollie right !! -don't include Union - cause your not !!!
    And YOU don't decide that. You have a right to your opinion, even if it's wrong.
    Bet the union still willingly takes his union dues.
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    gi102180...

    Ummm....Kiss my BUTT.

    I am tired of self appointed union hit men telling me because I choose to engage in a completely legal activity off duty that I am not entitled to the name of a UNION firefighter. I don't see the IAFF refusing to take my UNION Dues every check.

    I have as much right to the title of UNION firefighter as any other UNION dues paying firefighter. By the way I am also a UNION member at my part-time job, fire training at the tech college. Are you? I would bet not as you scab away at some job that is covered in some other UNION. But oh wait, that doesn't count because it isn't firefighter. So it is okay to trample UNION BROTHERS and SISTERS in places where it may actually effect another UNION member's livelihood, but not to be a paid on call firefighter in a town of 702 people? Uh huh, I smell the hypocrisy. Rural America is not the big city, I am taking no one's job in a fire department that runs 50 calls a year and has an annual budget of less than 40K.

    I dare anyone of you big bad UNION types to tell any one of the many FDNY firefighters that are vollies that they can't call themselves UNION firefighters. You won't do it. Anyone wonder why the IAFF didn't push them to stop vollying? 12,000 new UNION members may be a good reason.

    Have a nice life, and if that is the best you have to offer to these forums I advise a nice big cup of "Shut the Hell Up."

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    I'll second what FyredUp said. Career Union firefighter in a town of 75,000. I live in a small town 10 miles away of 1000. I am not taking anybody's job by being a volunteer in a town of this size. What I am doing is using my skills and knowledge of fifteen years to help my neighbors and friends in my hometown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp
    gi102180...

    Ummm....Kiss my BUTT.

    I am self appointed UNION firefighter. I don't take UNION Dues.

    I am also a UNION member I scab some job that is covered in some other UNION. it is okay to trample on another UNION member's livelihood,

    I dare anyone of you big bad UNION types to vollie .You do it. Anyone wonder why the IAFF push them to stop vollying? new UNION members good .

    Have a nice life, and "Shut the Hell Up."

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    Interesting !!!

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    Message to G deleted to remove my ****ed off comments to the moron.
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    Looks like he already got suspended.

    That was fast! How do you **** the WT off in 11 posts?


    And back to the topic.

    Vollie, with First Responder and some Technical Rescue.
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    Shoot, I am gone for a couple of pages and some folks are fighting. I knew this was going to turn into a "career vs volllie" thread.

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