" these guys are very knowledgable and are a great resource to the dept"
If they say the department is a "joke" it most likely is.
You should be happy that the volunteers have found a paid position within the organization and leave it at that. Why do they need to volunteer as well? Do you expect them to be at the beck and call of the siren? I am a volunteer and proud of it, but I would never look at a career FF and say well if you don't want to volunteer any more then turn your gear in.... I would be looked at like I had completely lost what marbles I have remaining.....
So is he supposed to spend 100% of his life in a fire house? If I'm running over 20 runs in one tour at my career house, I want to go home and sleep/spend time with family/get something else done. Why would I want to go straight to the volly house and stay there until my next tour of duty?
Ah yes....gotta love some of the necroposting to a 2 1/2 year old thread....
Yes I have a firefighter on my dept that has done this hes moved on to a paid dept. and paid ems and has completly stopped making runs with us.
Sounds like he moved to a different dept, are you saying they should still be responding with you? Do you understand the difficulties that also may be involved and limiting additional responses or even if the other dept allows it?
You know, i read several of the responses here and this is nothing more than another C vs V. I started as a volunteer FF and I disagree with some of the sentiment here. Two and a half years later the same discussion gets brought up and there are still some responses said 2 1/2 years ago. Instead of worrying about the little world of one's own ego, it helps to look at the bigger picture too.
For those combo depts where you get a volunteer becoming paid, there can be several differing factors at play. Being in a paid position, you now fall into labor laws, fair labor practices, OT issues, compensations and so forth. This means it isn't always practical for a FT FF to come in and be around like they could as a volunteer. They can't make all trainings with volunteers without now receiving either comp time or OT at time and half, as opposed to the compensation a volly may get. This affects the budgets and bottom line overall.
For those former volunteers who move on to other depts.......guess what, THEY ARE GONE. If you don't agree with the fact they no longer volunteer, so what, nothing you can do. If you believe their attitude has changed....so what, not your problem. If you believe your volly dept should be "entitled" to some type of compensation because (if) they paid for the person's training, well then there should be something in place.
Now when it comes down to even a FT volunteering it completely depends on many factors. Just like volunteers with their FT jobs and so forth, the same factors involve those FT FF's. Even if the FF works a 24 hour shift, doesn't mean they have all this time off to volunteer. Some do and can, for many other people life gets in the way. Many still have families, other hobbies or even other jobs to help supplement an income that typically starts quite low for a new FF....since most places have you work a few years before making top FF pay. (something rarely mentioned here) Another aspect is there may be residency rules making it more difficult to make responses.
Then there are the committments asked for from a volly dept because training records, response committments, etc are still accounted for. For some folks they may become more involved with their career dept thus limiting time to volunteer. Some may be more involved with specialty teams, working with a union (if there is one), working on college degree or studying for advancement etc. Point being there may be many different reasons as to why a paid no longer volunteers and typically it isn't about "looking down" on vollies as some may perceive. Another factor is the training.....Face it some training is better than others and there are some mandatory trainings like WMD, HAZMAT, exposure control etc that are to be done despite if it is a career or volly dept. It can get pretty old to go through training with the FT dept and sit through the same training with a volly.
In the end there are plenty reason why you don't see the time commitment to a volly dept after one becomes career. While initially one may intend full well to stay involved, intentions don't always pan out and many times the issue with perception isn't because of some attitude change etc. Many times the issue with perception starts with the reflection in the mirror.
It might depend on the area where you would be. My area it would be more volunteer vs union not the career firefighter.
Union considers the volunteers the enemy to hiring of emergency personnel and will tell their members after being hired. The county trains them but the union tells them to not like the other side of the dept.
I use to work with career members for years with no problems but as years went by things changed with new career personnel coming in.
I have know some volunteers that joined the career service in the county and they changed over night and never talk to friends or even family members that were volunteers afterwards.