All paid-on-call firefighters can earn time toward a fire department pension program. There are minimum requirements that must be met, such as signing up for and working shifts, responding to the pager when called, and training in order to earn time toward that pension. At 7 years of service, a POC firefighter who has met all minimums, can qualify for 60% vesting of the approved pension amount, multiplied by the number of years served. The vesting percentage increases 5% each year until the firefighter has reached 15 years. At that time, the firefighter is 100% vested in the pension program. If someone leaves before 7 years, there is no pension earned. Full-time staff also earn a pension, but that is through a state plan.