Should career firefighters work at volunteer departments on their days off? Chiefs who are dead set against volunteering argue that it leaves personnel too tired and too burned out to do their day jobs.
Chief Rick Ennis of the career Cape Girardeau (Mo.) Fire Department is on the other end of the spectrum. He supports his career firefighters’ right to choose how they spend their days off. In fact, Ennis put into a place a policy that not only supports but encourages firefighters to work as volunteers or EMTs/paramedics when not on duty.
In this video, Ennis shares:
- Details of Cape Girardeau Fire’s policy on volunteering for fire department when not on duty
- Talking points on how it benefits the department and the city to have firefighters volunteer
- Perceived risks of having careers volunteering on days off