a "Paid On Call" Fire Department. Firefighters carry a
special pager that alerts us when an emergency comes in. St Clair County Central Dispatch
receives the 911 call and alerts the department through the pager, The pager
is a small, receive only 800 MHz radio that can be specifically activated by
Central Dispatch for our department. When the pager activates it opens the radio
channel and the Dispatch is heard and recorded on the device for future
reference if needed.
Depending on the location of the emergency, firefighters will respond
to the incident from wherever they may be, to initiate immediate emergency
action, while others will respond to the station to pick up and respond with
the necessary fire apparatus and equipment. We are on call 24 hours a day
365 days a year and
respond whenever we are needed. This is the commitment we have made to
the service of our community. We provides the same quality of service that
can be expected from a full time Fire department. All of our Firefighters meet
and exceed the mandated Certifications and level of training required by the
Michigan Firefighters Training Counsel, we have cutting edge equipment and we
are always striving to be better.
What is the difference between a Full time Firefighter and a Part
Time Paid on Call Firefighter?
Requirements for a Full time Firefighter may vary depending on each
department but, the state requires: FIREFIGHTER 2 certification, along with
Medical 1st Responder and Hazardous Materials Certification.
Part Paid or Volunteer Firefighters are required to have
certifications for: FIREFIGHTER 1, Medical 1st Responder and Hazardous
There are more Part Paid / Volunteer firefighters in Michigan than Full Time
Whether you are Part Time or Full Time, the job is the same "To Save Lives and
How many full time firefighters do you have?
This is probably the most
common question we hear. We man our station with one firefighter when most of
our firefighters are at their day job, Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm,
What is a Volunteer / Part Paid Fire Department?
This means the department is
staffed by personnel that are not actually at the station. Our station is fully equipped
with all the essential fire and rescue equipment. Each of our
Firefighters carries a voice pager, when a call for the fire department is made,
county dispatch sends out a tone via radio, specific to our pagers, this
activates the pager, then the voice message of the emergency and it's location is heard. Depending
on the location of the emergency, some firefighters will respond to the incident
from wherever they may be, to initiate immediate emergency action, while others will respond to the
station to pick up and respond with the necessary equipment. As volunteers we are on call 24 hours a day and
respond whenever available. This is a commitment we have made to our community.
A Part Paid department provides the same quality of service that you may get
from a full time department. Firefighters are paid a flat hourly rate per
call, whether the call last 1 hour or 6 hours, it's the same pay.
Why does that civilian car/truck have emergency lights?
Being a volunteer department, personnel need to respond as quickly as
possible from where ever they may be, to render assistance in emergencies. They
may also need to respond to the station to pick up the Engine or other
equipment. All this needs to be done as quickly as possible, in an emergency
seconds count. The emergency lights allow us to respond in the quickest and
safest manner possible to help the community in an emergency. When the lights
are activated, our vehicle is now an emergency response vehicle. Be sure to
yield to this type of vehicle as any other type of emergency vehicle. See the
help desk under new traffic law.
Do you just respond in the City of St. Clair?
No, we cover a 54 square mile area, to include, all of the City, part of St
Clair Twp., China Twp. and East China Twp. (see the map