Forum Ride Along
Hello all. I joined a volunteer fire department in 2018 which was essentially absorbed by the County at the beginning of this year, becoming a professional station (2 firefighter/EMTs full time pay). There is still room for volunteers in the department, but many/most have been co-opted (for lack of a better word) as on call County employees.) I am one of them. I imagine it works like many other departments, we all have pagers, shifts are set, and we use the crewsense app to keep track. The problem is, what was once a volunteer gig, is not a County job. I'm on anywhere from 50-75 hours a week, pager pay. We get around 2 calls a month (small town) and I have to be 5 minutes from the station at all times on call, in a town with no gas station, grocery store, gym, UPS, or anything you can think of. All of that is about 10 minutes away. 7 months in, and I feel like Im under house arrest. This super sucks and I dont know what to do because I dont want to let anyone down, but this isn't volunteer anymore, show up when you can kind of thing. Im sure this is a common complaint but pager pay is $1.50 an hour, which is so insulting, and I feel stuck. Any thoughts, thank you.