Interested in joining the Williston Fire Department call staff?
- Read the requirements listed below and decide if you can commit.
- Print off the application (download button below).
- Mail it to:
c/o Lisa Steadman
645 Talcott Road
Williston, VT 05495
- OR bring the application in to the station Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between 8am and 4pm (drop it off with Lisa at the front desk)
Please note the Assistant Chief reviews all call staff applications and is not in the building on a full-time basis. Please be patient and give him time to get in touch with you.
Also, please be aware the application below is for employment as a member of the Department's call staff. The Department will post career positions as they become available.
Being a call staff member of a Fire Department is probably one of the most rewarding and challenging forms of volunteer work. It's also a serious commitment that requires time, dedication, hard work and enthusiasm. Below is a summary of our call staff requirements. We appreciate your willingness to serve, and ask that you please take the time to review this list and submit an application only if you can commit 100%. Thank you.
CALL STAFF APPLICATION QUALIFIERS
We made changes to our call staff requirements in April, 2018. We now have 20 call staff positions total, with a waiting list for accepted candidates.
You can submit a call application based on the following criteria:
- Williston residents with existing Fire I or II certification are qualified applicants.
- Williston residents without fire certification are qualified applicants for affiliation and enrollment in a VT Fire Academy Fire I/II class.
- Non-residents with existing Fire I or II certification will be considered on a case-by-case basis (i.e. Dept. need, past experience, how many are on the waiting list, etc.).
- Williston residents with existing EMT, AEMT or Paramedic certification are qualified applicants.
- Non-residents with existing Paramedic certification are qualified applicants.
- Non-residents with existing AEMT certification will be considered on a case-by-case basis (i.e. Dept. need, past experience, how many are on the waiting list, etc.).
If an applicant wishes to apply for both Fire & EMS, they must meet the criteria for both categories above.
The following items also apply:
- Applications from temporary VT residents and full-time students are not being accepted at this time.
- The Fire and EMS certifications listed above must be existing - anyone currently in a Fire I or EMT class should apply after they obtain their certification.
- All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have a clean driving record.
- The above criteria applies to application submission only. Being a qualified applicant does not mean automatic candidacy and selected applicants will be required to go through an interview process.
- Applications selected for the waiting list will be placed at the Fire Chief’s discretion, meaning a new applicant with more certification, experience, etc. may be placed ahead of an existing wait list candidate.
- The WFD is an equal opportunity employer.
CALL STAFF SHIFT SCHEDULES AND POINT REQUIREMENTS
Call members are required to provide a minimum number of hours to their call position each month. There are two shifts every day: the AM shift runs 0630 – 1830 hrs., and the PM shift runs 1830 – 0630 hrs.. The Department uses a point system, which applies different points to different shifts as follows:
12-hour weekday shifts from 0630 Monday to 1830 Friday 1 Point / Shift
12-hour weekend shifts from 1830 Friday to 0630 Monday 2 Points / Shift
Shift requirements are based upon the point system listed above. The required number of monthly points vary based upon whether the member is a Williston resident or non-resident. The minimum monthly requirement for points is as follows:
Resident FF EMR EMT EMR EMT
Shift points per month - 3 5 5 7
% Response to toned fire calls 5% 5% 5% - -
% Attend department trainings 66% 66% 66% 66% 66%
Non-Resident FF EMR EMT EMR EMT
Shift points per month 4 5 7 5 7
% Response to toned fire calls - - - - -
% Attend department trainings 66% 66% 66% 66% 66%
Resident Firefighters do not have to fill shifts. Instead, they are required to respond to at least 5% of all toned fire calls. A toned fire call includes any Fire or Fire/EMS call with the distinctive tone for fire personnel to respond.
Members who respond frequently to toned fire calls will receive credit towards their quarterly shift point requirement for the additional service they provide. Members will earn one (1) “shift point equivalent” (SPE) for calls they attend over a certain threshold. This incentive is available to all members, and it includes all toned fire calls that are attended. The thresholds are as follows:
Fire Calls Attended SPE
0 - 15% n/a
16 - 30% 1
31 - 45% 1
46 - 60% 1
61 - 100% 2
Even with the above incentives, EMS members will be required to fill a minimum number of shift points each month:
- Any member with EMR certification cannot be reduced below 3 shift points per month.
- Any member with EMT certification cannot be reduced below 4 shift points per month.
Probationary members (within 12 months of the date of the Provisional Offer of Employment) will be required to meet 100% of their point requirements each quarter. Should they fall short, they will have one quarter to make up any shortage (while also meeting all of their requirements for that quarter).
Call staff members are encouraged to provide a set shift whenever possible (i.e. every Wednesday AM shift each month). For those who cannot commit to a set shift, we ask that they sign up for scheduled shifts the month prior. Staff members are asked to contact the Assistant Chief, or his designee, prior to the 1st of the following month with their availability for scheduled shifts.
The shift coverage for staffing apparatus is:
FIRE: One Driver (Certified FF I or higher) One Driver (Certified FF I or higher)
One Fire Officer (Certified FF II)
One Firefighter I or higher
EMS: One AEMT One Driver
One EMT One AEMT
One EMT or higher
Set shifts will always take priority in staffing an apparatus and for providing a dorm room. Scheduled shifts, and then walk-ins, will be placed second and third. Once apparatus has been fully staffed under the preferred method, walk-ins will have the option to stay but it will not be a paid shift.
Training is held every Monday evening from 1830 to approximately 2130. The first and third Monday of each month is Fire training, and the second and fourth Monday is EMS training. The fifth Monday of a month is often a combination training, offered to both Fire and EMS.
All members must attend 66% of the training offered during the calendar quarter for each of their certification levels. Thus, each quarter, fire-only members must attend a minimum of 4 fire trainings, EMS-only members must attend a minimum of 4 EMS trainings, and Fire/EMS members must attend a minimum of 4 each (8 total).
Probationary members must obtain all of their class time from Department training. Department training includes Monday night classes, plus any makeup training held during the week specific to Monday night’s training. If a member is short on their training one quarter, they will have the following quarter to make up any shortage (while also meeting all of their requirements for that quarter).
Please feel free to call the station (878-5622) if you have questions. Again, thank you for your interest in the Williston Fire Department!