|Fri. May 1st 2015|
April 2015 Stats
Red Oak Station 51 finished the month of April 2015 with 20 calls for service. This brings our yearly total to 62 calls for s...
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|Wed. Apr 1st 2015|
March 2015 Stats
Red Oak Station 51 finished the month of March 2015, with 13 calls for service. This brings our yearly total to 43 calls for ...
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|Sun. Mar 1st 2015|
February 2015 Stats
Red Oak Station 51 finished the month of February 2015 with 20 calls for service. This brings our yearly total to 29 calls fo...
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Most people investigating life as a volunteer firefighter have a lot of questions. Here are some answers that should help. You can always contact any member of the department or the Chief for more info.
1. Can I be a firefighter if I already have a full-time job?
Yes! We need volunteer firefighters during both daytime and nighttime hours, and you can respond to calls whenever you are available. Most firefighters have a separate full-time job.
2. How long will I be gone for a call?
In general, most fire calls last about 1 hour. That’s from the time your pager goes off and you are back to your home after the call. Structure fires and other large incidents last 3 or more hours. Oftentimes we can shuttle you back to the station during long incidents if you have prior commitments.
3. What’s the difference between volunteer, paid-on-call, and career firefighters?
Each department in Pitt County has different response models. Here’s a description of some of the terms you’ll see:
- Volunteer: No hourly wage and might have a pension for retirement. They respond to the station when pager is activated for a call.
- Paid-on-Call: Hourly wage, and usually has a pension. They respond to the station when pager is activated for a call.
- Career: Full time employee with hourly wage or salary and full employee benefits. They work shifts at department, and stay at the station round the clock.
- Duty Crew: Scheduled shift work where firefighters stay at the station for several hours. They respond to calls, attend public education events, and perform tasks. Usually 1-3 firefighters per shift.
4. Are firefighters at the station at all times?
Not usually. Most departments are Volunteer or Paid-on-Call, with firefighters only at the station when there is a call.
5. How many hours a week will I need to dedicate to firefighting?
Average is about 4 hours a week. This time is spent in training and responding to calls.
6. Will I need to pay for training or equipment?
No. All your equipment, certifications, and training is purchased by the department.
7. How long will I be in training?
About 1 year. Your firefighter training (certification is called 1403 or Firefighter I & II) takes about 180 hours of training. This training is usually done at Pitt Community College, the Fire Department or elsewhere in the county and is completed over about 6 months.
8. How much will I be paid?
That varies by department, but the average hourly wage for Paid-on-Call is $7.25 as of August 2014. Most departments have a retirement pension that accrues money each year.
9. The fire department in my area isn’t accepting applications. Can I be on another fire department?
Yes. As long as you live within the department’s response area (measured in miles or drive time), you can be a firefighter outside your home fire department.
10. Do firefighters respond to medical calls?
Yes. All Pitt County departments are requested to respond to certain “high priority” medical emergencies.
11. I’m a little out of shape. How much physical training will I need to do before I apply?
Firefighting requires you to be physically fit. However, there are many jobs in the fire service and not all require you to be physical fit.