My fire dept is wanting to start a standby program. I wanted to see how other dept's have there program set up. And what type of rules and guidelines you have. And how many training hours and standby time does your dept require? Any ideas that could help me please let me know.


Greg Meredith
Greenville Twp Fire Dept

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i have never heard of a stand by program can u explain me wat it is
maybe we call it somthing else
Its were vol firefighters come in for certain shifts like paid ff's but not get paid for it. Around here we call it a standby program.
Here at station 11 we have a sign up sheet where you can sign up for a 12 hour shift minimum or longer if you wish. During this sign up you are required to respond to a scene, that way it is known that there will be someone showing up. We also use this to cover runs that is missed, as if you did do these runs it will count toward being invovled in the dept. If you sign up you respond. All our runs are covered and there has never been any kind of problems since we started doing it like this. Training is Monday nights and you will need to be there to get credit towards your time at the station. We just started a I AM RESPONDING program that has to do with the pager system and your personal phone that you call in after a page and it comes up on the computer at the station and in your trucks that you are responding. It is in the testing stage and seems to be working real well. Be safe
In the combination department I vollie at you have to have all your basic training (FF1 FF2 EVOC DPO and EMT) in order to cover for a paid person. If you cover for a paid person you are considered part of the crew and will do what they do...you cant say I am covering for Jimmy and then sit on your tail all day.
We started with the same program a few years ago. Ours was called "Day Watch" it lasted a couple of years then the Chief got approval to hire 12 firefighters when it became more and more difficult to fill the day shifts.

The shifts were 0800-1200 and 1200-1600, M-F. It was put in place to just cover the shortage of daytime firefighters. We now have 16 Full-time working 24/7 and PPC (volunteer) called out if needed.
I havent heard of it called standby I just think on call sounds like you have some good ideas for the dept. Congrats
On Call, what are we Doctors now LOL

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