Being a part-time firefighter means both men and women have a chance to become a firefighter and can help out part time firefighting, who have ordinary jobs, and are always ready when an emergency calls for it.
So, if you want to be one, it means you agree to be available anytime, from work or home or even out on an outing, for a certain number of hours per week. As much as possible, you always carry with you your communicator just to make sure that you are available anytime even when you are doing your day-to-day activities like watching television or even sleeping.
It is also preferable if you can be able to respond to the department within 15 minutes or possibly even shorter than that. Being a part time firefighter doesn’t mean that it is limited to a certain occupation. You could be a gardener, banker, designer, office worker, driver, maid— it doesn’t matter as long as you are fit and be able to answer the call immediately. Although it’s only being a part-time firefighter, you must also be highly trained and capable like how a front line crew is.
So when you are being called, you need to be able to go to the fire station and respond as a single crew or work alongside your fellow workers the whole time or be as a substitute to be of service at a major incident.
So, what about your other job? What about your employer? Most people do not want to be a part-time firefighter for the fear of leaving their full-time work or getting bad reviews for just leaving suddenly. Their usual question would range from “Will my employer allow me?” to “What effect would it have in my current job?”
Nevertheless, don’t worry for generally most employers are flexible and understanding towards the activities of their employees. They are usually supportive and interested for their employees to become a retained firefighter as a way of serving and helping the community.
However, you should always ask your employer for permission first before dedicating yourself to the service. Also, you should need the support of others whom you can rely on whenever you’re out in responding to an emergency.
So, what are the benefits of being a part-time firefighter? Aside from the challenge, anticipation and adrenaline rush, it gets more fun as time passes while you boost up your confidence and self-reliance. Furthermore, you’ll get:
1.) An annual retaining fee
2.) An hourly rate for call outs
3.) Paid weekly extensive drill sessions
4.) First Aid certificate
The ones listed above are not applicable to all and may vary in each state. For further specifics though, contact or meet up with your local fire department to ensue more information about the benefits.
Upon hiring, there are a few requirements to follow:
b.) physical fitness test
c.) medical assessment
d.) aptitude test
There might be a few tests your department might let you take but rather than that, with your commitment and perseverance, you are good to go!