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  • What does you VFD do, pager or in station shifts?

    The title says it all. ........Kyle

  • #2
    We do both.

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    • #3
      We do both - we have full time paid staff that work 24/48 shifts. The part time members (like myself) work a 24 once a quarter but are on call (they tone us out via minitor) for structure calls.
      Brian Irey

      My comments are mine and mine alone - they do not represent any thoughts or views of my department or anyone else

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      • #4
        Pager.

        Station shifts would last about a week. With ~100 calls a year, that's an average of two a week. Given the propensity for calls to come in bunches, it's entirely possible that we could go a couple of weeks with zero responses, and you can only inventory the trucks so many times, if you know what I mean.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by tree68 View Post
          Pager.

          Station shifts would last about a week. With ~100 calls a year, that's an average of two a week. Given the propensity for calls to come in bunches, it's entirely possible that we could go a couple of weeks with zero responses, and you can only inventory the trucks so many times, if you know what I mean.
          Oh, I see why it's not worth it expenses wise. You see, my VFD does shifts because we get about 130-150 calls a month ( EMS and fire). We are in one of the top 10 fastest growing county's in the east coast so we get a lot of calls. It just makes sense to do shifts.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MeadowGlen View Post
            Oh, I see why it's not worth it expenses wise. You see, my VFD does shifts because we get about 130-150 calls a month ( EMS and fire). We are in one of the top 10 fastest growing county's in the east coast so we get a lot of calls. It just makes sense to do shifts.
            This would be where?

            That run load is pretty good for a volunteer department. I know career companies that don't run 1500 a year. Maybe you all should become a career department, if you are doing that much buisness every month.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jonnee View Post
              This would be where?

              That run load is pretty good for a volunteer department. I know career companies that don't run 1500 a year. Maybe you all should become a career department, if you are doing that much buisness every month.
              Alright I just rechecked my FD call tally. We actually get anywhere from 90-130 calls a month ( again EMS+fire ). That is, so far this year. Last year the guys told me that it was very very busy and they hadn't seen anything like it. The number of car crashes due to texting and phones skyrocketed too.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MeadowGlen View Post
                Oh, I see why it's not worth it expenses wise. You see, my VFD does shifts because we get about 130-150 calls a month ( EMS and fire). We are in one of the top 10 fastest growing county's in the east coast so we get a lot of calls. It just makes sense to do shifts.
                Hmm... YOUR VFD? The one that you are not a member of yet because you are 15?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post
                  Hmm... YOUR VFD? The one that you are not a member of yet because you are 15?
                  I guess your right I'm not yet a member but I met the chief today. Was showed around and introduced to everyone. I turn 16 in 5 days so after that I can start training. What I ment by "my local VFD" was that it was the closest to me and I will soon join. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Your definitely right it is not "my" VFD. ..............Kyle
                  Last edited by MeadowGlen; 02-24-2011, 07:22 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Most places have pagers some do shift's.

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                    • #11
                      Pagers. We're close to 100 calls a year. EMS is seperate.

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                      • #12
                        about 120 calls/year (fire..rescue..bs..)

                        we use pagers/text/whistle

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                        • #13
                          And..........

                          In Station Crews....... We also have Pagers, etc. BUT, if you're going to go on the call, you need to be in the station. We are required to be out the door in 1 minute.

                          Calls............

                          2008............. 3,214 or 267 per month average

                          2009............. 4,003 or 333 per month average

                          2010............. 3,870 or 322.5 per month average

                          Not bad for a place without Red Apparatus.............
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                          Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MeadowGlen View Post
                            Alright I just rechecked my FD call tally. We actually get anywhere from 90-130 calls a month ( again EMS+fire ). That is, so far this year. Last year the guys told me that it was very very busy and they hadn't seen anything like it. The number of car crashes due to texting and phones skyrocketed too.
                            Thats not a lot when you throw in EMS.

                            I don't want to get into a p$#&ing contest, but its not that high.

                            My VFD runs about 400/year and we don't do EMS.

                            The EMS runs about 1200 or so.

                            Pagers and often times dusty pagers.
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                            • #15
                              We are a combination department..station is staffed 24 hrs with 3 man crews...we all have pagers that we utilize..however, all in city calls are handled by the duty crew, unless they are busy and we will be toned in for that, as well as any mutual aid calls we receive...on occasion, part time staff can work a fill in shift in the even that a full time member is out
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