Do the paid-on-call and full-time firefighters work together?

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. 

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1. How do I get rid of old fireworks?
2. Where can I find more information about fire safety for kids?
3. Where can I find information about hazards in the home?
4. Do you charge or recycle fire extinguishers?
5. Do you check car seats?
6. If I am unsure if it is an emergency, can I call the Fire Department directly?
7. Where can I get my blood pressure taken?
8. I would like to take my kids on a tour of the fire station. Do you do that?
9. Who do I call if I have a complaint about burning?
10. Do we have a volunteer or full-time department?
11. What kind of pension program do you have for your paid-on-call (POC) firefighters?
12. What kind of training or experience do IGH firefighters need to get on the fire department?
13. Do the paid-on-call and full-time firefighters work together?
14. I don’t like the sight of blood; can I just sign up to go to fires?
15. I hear you can sign up for different “shifts” like a part-time job. Is that the only time commitment I will have to be a paid-on-call firefighter?
16. Why do you take a big fire truck to medical calls?
17. Do you work with fire departments in other cities?
18. How does the IGH fire department affect my insurance rates?
19. Does the fire department have an ambulance service?
20. When can I apply to be a firefighter?
21. Can I live anywhere and be an IGH firefighter?
22. What do I need to do if I want to have a recreational fire or burn some tree limbs on my property?
23. Can I use a grill on my deck if I live in an apartment?
24. Why do you have dorm rooms in the fire stations?
25. Do you have any volunteer jobs or is there anything I can do to help without being a firefighter?