Frequently Asked Questions
What is an On-Call Firefighter?
It is similar to a volunteer firefighter but includes a stipend for their time conducting training and responding to emergencies. Here in Williston, our on-call firefighters receive an hourly wage from the Town. But with exception to the pay, our on-call Firefighters operate the same as a Volunteer. We all have regular jobs and responsibilities. We do this for the love of our community, the profession, and for our firefighting family. Not many other opportunities allow you to make such a positive impact on people.
How do I go to emergency calls?
Upon completion of initial training, new on-call firefighters are issued a small voice pager and upload an app to their phone. When the 911 Center receives a call for Williston Fire Department, they broadcast it over our voice pagers and upload it to the app. When you hear/see the call come in, you decide if you are available to respond. If you are at work, a special family event, or trying to get a good night’s sleep before a big day, you can simply ignore the call. If you can respond, you will check in on the app, alerting the other firefighters on their app. You would then drive to the fire station and board the next responding fire engine to the emergency. Upon return to the station, you would help the others clean up the vehicles and equipment, and then everyone is released.
How many emergencies must I respond to?
You are only expected to make 5% of emergencies every three months. Typically, our on-call members respond to about 20% of calls. While we would like every member’s help on every call, we understand that our members all have other commitments and responsibilities.
Must I live in Williston to be a Firefighter?
We are currently looking for call firefighters that live within a reasonable response distance from our station. This includes all of Williston and some areas outside Williston. (Reasonable responding distance is considered either living anywhere within the town or living within 10 min of the Williston Fire Station as determined by a google maps search done at low traffic hours of the day)
What kind of training is involved?
Williston firefighters respond to a variety of calls including building fires, vehicle accidents, Carbon Monoxide alarms, brush fires, rescues, and much more. To prepare for this, all new firefighters go through an orientation training program taught by the Williston Fire Department call-staff officers. Williston Fire will also sponsor new members through the Firefighter Level One class hosted by the State Fire Academy.
Is prior experience needed to join Williston Fire?
No, to join the Williston Fire Department, you do not need prior experience. Williston Fire will enroll you in the State Firefighter Level One class. In addition, our in-house training will make you a valuable asset to the department before you complete your Firefighter Level One class.
What if I have prior experience?
Proof of your training, such as class records and/or grades should be sent in with your application to be reviewed by the training officer. If hired by the department we will add your previous training to your Williston Fire Department personnel file. If you meet our interior firefighting training requirements it will speed our orientation process and allow you to respond to calls sooner after submitting an application.
Does the Williston Fire Department have equal requirements for entry and training?
Yes. Medical and physical requirements follow OSHA and NFPA standards. The Williston Fire Department is an equal opportunity employer.
Are Williston On-Call Firefighters paid or compensated?
Yes. Members are on-call firefighters and receive an hourly wage for calls and training.
What equipment or uniform costs will I be expected to pay?
All uniforms, personal protective equipment, and any expenses associated with training are fully paid by the Williston Fire Department.
Walk me through joining the Williston Fire Department.
- Fill out the fillable form above. One of our call officers will contact you to give you a timeline for our current timeline for bringing staff onto the department.
- We will then schedule ride alongs at the station so you can see what we do and if this is for you.
- You will be scheduled for an interview and physical agility test.
- Next you will have to get a fit for duty physical and agree to a background check. Both of these are paid for by the department.
- After your fit for duty physical and background check are done, you will begin your orientation.
- After orientation you will start running calls with the Williston Fire Department.
What is the Physical Agility Test?
Williston Fire requires every prospective member to do a physical agility test prior to joining our department. This ensures you are capable of doing the tasks required of a firefighter. Examples include but are not limited to: pulling hose lines and climbing ladders.
I am interested in responding to emergency medical calls.
Williston Fire currently has an active EMS component. If you come to us without an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification we will work on getting you certified as a firefighter before transitioning to EMS.
What is the Orientation Program?
When new firefighters join the Williston Fire Department, they go through a basic course that lasts 3 days. The course is taught by the call staff officers and follows a structure lesson plan. This is done on weekend days following a members appointment to the department. The orientation program is designed to give firefighters the basic skills they need to operate safely as a member of the williston fire department. After orientation is complete Williston Fire prides itself on giving members access to high quality training, both in house and out of house, so that they can continue to learn their entire time on our department. While there is lots of material to cover members often find the orientation to be enjoyable. The orientation program includes many hands on drills such as car accident scenarios where new members get to cut apart cars in a simulated rescue situation.
Can I submit an application to join the Call Staff now?
Yes. Click on this link to download an application and submit it to Lieutenant Ammann at MAmmann@willistonfire.com. Include in the subject of your email application to join call staff followed by your name.
I have more questions!
Feel free to call our fire station at 878-5622 to speak to the on duty crew. To reach one of our on call officers, please email Lieutenant Matt Ammann (MAmmann@willistonfire.com) or Lieutenant George Shortsleeves (GShortsleeves@willistonfire.com) Include in the subject Question about Williston Fire Call Staff followed by your name. Include in your email the best way to contact you.