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What is the difference between a volunteer fire department and a paid-on-call fire department?

Post Date:01/01/2020 1:25 PM
Our community depends on citizen firefighters who serve as “paid-on-call” firefighters to respond to emergencies such as fires, car crashes and other hazardous conditions. This differs from a volunteer fire department in that each paid-on-call firefighter receives a small amount of money for each call they respond to, as well as a pension for those firefighters who spend enough time on the fire department. City of Savage paid-on-call firefighters are not full-time career firefighters and have other full time jobs. Savage POC firefighters do not stay at the fire station, but respond to the station when their pager is activated. Our POC firefighters typically work four to seven hours a week in training, public education events and responding to calls. POC firefighter training and certification takes about one year to complete and includes 180 hours of training. All firefighters must pass an agility test during the hiring process. Currently, Savage Fire has 40 paid-on-call firefighters and two full-time employees, the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. 
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