Yes. First, both full-time and paid-on-call (POC) firefighters are trained to the same level. We have two staffed fire stations (Stations 1 and 2), each with a crew ready to respond 24/7. Depending on the type of call, each crew may staff an engine, or one crew could staff a ladder truck. Each crew has a full-time officer, a full-time firefighter, and a paid-on-call firefighter (POC). Each crew responds to all calls that come in. If the emergency is large, we will page out our POC personnel to respond to assist. Our Station 3 is not staffed.
While the full-time staff works 24-hour long rotating shifts, the paid-on-call firefighters can sign up to work 4 or 8-hour shifts. We string those 4/8-hour shifts together with different POC firefighters throughout the day in order to cover that one firefighter spot 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Both full-time and POC also train together. The POC also wear pagers when not working a shift and respond to their closest station to get on an apparatus, if paged.