Volunteer and retained firefighters are expected to be on call to respond to emergency calls for long periods of time, and are summoned to the fire station when their services are needed. They are also expected to attend other non-emergency duties as well (training, fundraising, equipment maintenance, etc.).
Do volunteer fire departments get paid?
Volunteer firefighters freely volunteer their efforts as a way of serving and giving back to their community. They often do not receive monetary compensation from the fire department. If they are paid, it is typically in the form of small stipends or annual bonuses.
Is it worth being a volunteer firefighter?
Is it Worth Being a Volunteer Firefighter? Most volunteer firefighters would agree that it is worth it and that they enjoy what they do. It isn’t for everyone, but it can be very rewarding. It can also give you valuable experience that can help to become a paid firefighter, if that is your goal.
Why are there volunteer fire departments?
Volunteer firefighters train for emergency response when citizens in your communities call. The call may come anytime 24 hours a day, , and in almost every situation, under emergency and stressful circumstances. It is the ultimate community service for those who need them.
Why do volunteer firefighters not get paid?
In general, a good rule of thumb is “no, volunteer firefighters don’t get paid”. This not necessarily because the departments don’t want to pay their volunteers, but because it’s a bit of a legal minefield thanks to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Do volunteer firefighters have to respond to every call?
Depending on the department, volunteer firefighters may respond 24/7 to any dispatched incidents or be split into response shifts. Response to incidents may be required during shifts, or a periodic run percentage may be required to maintain active status on a combination or volunteer department.
What skills do you need to be a volunteer firefighter?
Volunteer Firefighter Skills
- Operating, monitoring and maintaining fire-fighting equipment, such as hoses, extinguishers and personal protective equipment.
- Providing basic medical attention to fire and accident victims.
- Rescuing people from dangerous situations.
- Preparing accident reports.
Why is firefighter pay so low?
Firefighters in California tend to make up for their relatively low hourly wages by working overtime in addition to their already long work-week. It is almost always cheaper for employers to hire back off-duty firefighters on overtime than hiring additional personnel.