My department doesn't even consider giving pagers and/or badges to ANY member until they have reached the Kentucky 150 HR. (IFSAC FFI) certification. Some members are lucky they even get issued a T-shirt to wear during functions such as drills, etc.
My fire department gave me a pager and badge the week after i joined but i need one because i live far from the station, but i have not missed any calls i could respond to. Be careful if you have them tho if they are broken they cost up to 400 dollars
We Dont Use Pagers
We Are Issued a Motorola HT1000 With a Speaker Mic
And We Have Badges But Dont Need To Wear Them On The Polos We Wear
Just The Black Button Up Shirts We Wear At Meetings and Special Events