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Old 01-16-20, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
So is there usually a core of professional, full-time firefighters, and the volunteers receive less training but are able to provide semi-skilled labor under the leadership of the pros?
Yup, basically.

Works that way with some small town law enforcement too.

Sometimes the training is pretty good. I know a remote area where volunteers get full certified paramedic training when they sign up. There is a core staff, and a much larger bank of volunteers. The volunteers commit to "on call" days where they don't drink alcohol, and ensure they are in the area, if needed.

Law enforcement volunteers don't carry guns, but can and do direct traffic, and take incident reports and may man a phone or desk from time to time.
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