i just want to say i started as a " career firefighter" and now im a "volunteer" . Ihave been a volunteer for the last 7 years, and to be honest i have gotten more training with the volunteer dept than i did as a full timer. Some of the guys on our dept are pros too. we all train together and we train with the pro dept's in the bigger towns. as far as im concerned we are all "firefighters". volunteer or career, we all put our life on the line in this job.
i wouldnt trade the volunteer for paid for anything...can't put a price tag on someone's life...none of our guys here get paid for anything, its our gas, tires, ect used...sometimes its long hours, others there are days if not months between calls
totally agree paid on call or casual fits us better. Volunteer makes us seem like we can't possibly have any training like full time departments.