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  • SAFER Shared Positions

    The SAFER NOFO(previous years) mentions ?shared positions? and provides an example that multiple part time firefighters can work a full time position. The NOFO also states that with sufficient justification FEMA will consider these positions. Most associate these grants as hiring full time firefighters not part timers but it seams as if FEMA will consider part timers.

    Am I understanding this correctly?

    Thanks for any input

  • #2
    You are getting confused with terminology here. You may use 2- part time FFs to fill one full time career slot of 40 hours.They would split it 20 hours each.
    Kurt Bradley
    Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
    " Never Trade Skill for Luck"


    • #3
      There's actually no limit on the pool of part-timers that can slide into a single FTE position, given the nature of part-time firefighter jobs since everyone is bound to their fulltime job first. Used to be spelled out you could have up to 4 part timers per FTE slot but that went away. With the way FT schedules are in some areas departments can't guarantee someone working every week, especially if they get stuck on mandatory OT at the real job. Houston has it's own schedule, then right in the immediate area are 24/48s and 48/96s. Some of the PT folks get 0 shifts one month and 6 the next based on which career slot they have. Plus you have some working PT until they get a FT gig then they're out of the pool for a while since some don't allow probies to work 2nd jobs.

      So like anything else staffing related, there's the goal and then there's reality so the only decision you have to make is for each FTE slot you're applying for will it be filled with a FTer or will it be PTers sharing it. Most smaller combos and VFDs looking for their 1st paid positions go PT to avoid the shock of benefits costs since in some states those are more than the pay.
      Brian P. Vickers
      CEO - Vickers Consulting Services, Inc
      FH.com/Firehouse Mag Contributor


      • #4
        Thanks for the input guys. Benefits are exactly the reason we are interested in utilizing part time staff. The cost of the benefits are very very significant and we are surrounded by career departments where most of their firefighters love to work part time at a smaller volunteer department like ours on their off days. We are using part time staff during the day but are continually seeing the need around the clock more and more.

        Being able to hire firefighters that are seasoned and certified and place them in service almost immediately is also a win win.


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