If someone calls in sick before their shift you cannot leave the truck unmanned. You simply wait until someone comes in. Either someone on the OCP list will be called in or someone will pick it up on their on will. OCP people have 2 hours to be at the station from the time they are called in. You start receiving your OT pay from the moment you get the call. Think it's like 3 bucks an hour when just on call. No one here likes the OCP list. But to say we work a ton of forced overtime is untrue (maybe that's just my exp. but I've only been here a little over a year so I figure id be the one forced to work that mysterious forced OT, but I don't). From what you have said and what other departments do. It seems like we have it quite easy. Now IF we were made to stay an extra 12-24 hours after a shift. I would not be working here.You're probably right. I could do over 100 or more hours of OT, and they'll still hold me if I have no relief. What I do is take the forced OT at 1.5x comp time, and just take another Sat or Sun off. I used to not do that, but I work so much OT that I have no problem playing hooky to take a day back. The truth is, I'd rather be able to work OT whenever I want to, instead of having the OT strictly controlled, which would lead me to work at some IFT company making less than half of my OT rate doing the dialysis derby, MRI round trips, and IV/monitor/O2 txp's ad nauseum.
I assume that your department doesn't do one for one relief? Meaning that if your relief calls in sick, and they don't have the spot filled, you can leave the unit out of service and go home? Or is it that the vacancy will never occur because there are enough OT tramps looking to pad their income?
Edit: The forced OT was way worse when I worked for Charleston County EMS back in 2007. I basically had no life. From reading articles on A/TCEMS, they make it seem like evryone is forced to work a bazillion hours of forced OT every month. I can take a beating on a busy 24 if I don't have to stay for an additional 12-24 against my will.
Since being here the longest I've been held over was about two hours, due to a last minute cardiac arrest.