View Poll Results: Are you a Volunteer, paid,or other?

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  • Paid/Career

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  • Volunteer

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  • Paid on call

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    15 12.10%
  • None of the above

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    Default Are you Paid, Volunteer or what?

    Just curious about the make up of the folks that post in the forums. So tell me, are you in a Paid department, Volunteer, paid on call, both, or none.

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    I'm a Junior at a volunteer company in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. I hope to be a paid firefighter in a couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by st42stephenAFT View Post
    I'm a Junior at a volunteer company in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. I hope to be a paid firefighter in a couple of years.

    That's the spirit. I started out as a NJ Vollie and look at me now, a Career Firefighter/Paramedic in the SE. Do yourself a favor, don't buy into the "No EMS" train of thought.
    I believe them bones are me. Some say we are born into the grave. I feel so alone, gonna end up a big ol' pile a them bones

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    Im volunteer in a all volunteer dept and I love it. I joined when i was 18 and haven't looked back since, been doing it now for 6 years
    Our Family Protecting Yours

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    I'll play along Trotts...

    Currently I am a career firefighter in a medium sized city and a paid on call firefighter in a small village of around 700.

    I have been a career CFR firefighter for the ANG, a part-time paid relief officer for a career FD, and a paid on call at another FD.

    So you see Trotts, when I talk about this business from the career and volly/POC side I can actually base it on real life experience.

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    Paid, not a Scab. Although I was a sinner in the past.
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    First I am a Career Engineer. However, I live in a small town and Paid-Call there. Now to add to the mix...... I also Volunteer in a very small town that borders my Career Department's area since they need the help very much...... SCAB, I don't care.......
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    Started as a volunteer (3 years) before I went career in the same town in 1985. Our volunteer FD no longer exists.

    I still volunteer: local emergency management, regional emergency planning committee (covers coordination of planning in 12 towns), and haz-mat specialist for the Connecticut USAR team, CT-TF1
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    I'm a Fire Suppression Hobbyist (just to make you anti-volly guys happy as clams ) in a combination department.

    PS--props to Trots for at least making a post that wasn't a complete waste of time.
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    Volunteer in small rural department (in a lakeside community). Also an AF Reserve FF.
    Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)

    Aggressive does not have to equal stupid.

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    Trotts i'm on a paid department. I've been with my dept. 5 years I was a volunteer for 6 before that. We have about 400 firefighters in our dept not small not huge i guess we are a medium side dept.
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    Part-Time paid and volunteer on a surburban/rural department w/5 stations and 13 pieces. Rank of Senior Firefighter, which is roughly equal to a LT, and Public Education Coordinator. Certified elementary school teacher.

    Full-Time job as an EMT with a private ambulance service doing 911 and non-emergency transports.

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    Currently volunteer, but hope/would love to be career (working on it).

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    I am the training officer for a paid-on-call fire department in Idaho. I am a part-time EMT with the local ambulance district as well.

    The ambulance district has a mixture of part-time EMT-Bs and I's and full-time Paramedics.

    The City is considering reclassifying all the firefighters from paid-on-call to part-time as well. One of neighboring departments did that two years ago and has seen a dramatic increase in attendance for training and a corresponding increase in retention.

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    I was a volly for about 3 years and now I am a career LT for a Combo dept.

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    Going on 25 years, never looked for the paycheck.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    I volunteer my time at the fire station and the city volunteers their money into my bank account... or you could say that I am paid.

    I'm with VinneB. I dont support scabism

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    I'm a scab. I work for free. If I did not my 6,000 person burg would, of course, increase its fire department budget by a factor of twenty to hire four full shifts of career firefighters.

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    Paid on Call, village of about 35000-40000.

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    Part Time/P.O.C. and now Vollie. Been doing it for 35 yrs.

    Still enjoying it.

    T.J.

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    Paid for too many years, but if I had the chance to vollie and not be a scab I would do it in a heartbeat. My First experience as a vollie in upper ny in the 70's was great. Went to an attic fire in a queene anne with my dad (FDNY), as they lobbed water from the outside, dad said let's go, grabbed a 2-1/2 and made the stairs and put out most of the fire. Probably the best time of my life. There were several members of FDNY who gave their time as a vollie,as a sense of community pride not because they needed to see more fire duty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    Going on 25 years, never looked for the paycheck.
    I keep looking for the paycheck, it just never comes.

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    I guess I'd be considered paid and volunteer, although my paid job is not with a municipal fire department but with the Emergency Services department in an industrial facility. So yeah, paid and volunteer, technically.
    Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
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    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream and I hope you don't find this too crazy is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
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    My dept is Career. We have no Volunteers/Reserves/Auxiliary FF's.

    We have 1 station. 3 Engines/4 Ambulances/1 HAZ MAT Truck and Trailer/1 Rescue.....and a 1916 Seagrave Pumper.

    1 paid Chief/22 paid FF's.......soon to hire 2 more FF's.
    11 are Medics....11 are EMT-B

    We ran 2600 call's last year.




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