Not every CALFIRE administrative unit is like this. They all have staffing patterns that require OT but it sounds like either the unit you're most familiar with is run pretty poorly.CalFire has contracts with many cities and counties to provide service. In my area of SoCal they have a mix of duties. They have city based engines which respond to anything and everything from medical aids to state fires, brush crews which respond to the same stuff, and didicated wildland units.
During the summer months they will force everyone on and revoke all PTO requests even if they were already approved. It’s so bad there is even a Facebook meme account called Forcey the Bear who comes out of hibernation during the summer months to screw your life and steal your wife.
well, you’re not wrong. During a heavy fire season we are always talking to guys who said “I’m on day 26 straight. Don’t know when I’ll get to go home”.Not every CALFIRE administrative unit is like this. They all have staffing patterns that require OT but it sounds like either the unit you're most familiar with is run pretty poorly.
If I had to guess, I'd say RRU.
that averages out to about 16 calls in 24 hours.... ok, the busy stations are busier than I thought.The busiest engine company last year was about 5800 calls plus another 500 calls in their area that other engines had to run. That station added a medic patrol vehicle to it this year.
that averages out to about 16 calls in 24 hours.... ok, the busy stations are busier than I thought.
Where is this?
It's not the staffing patterns that are the main issue. It's just that the state is not competitive with local government in socal. Better schedule, more money.. most people do a few years the bounce. That leave the people left to back fill. If you don't have relife you don't get to go home. They try to limit it to 2 forces per shift. So that 5 days... Easch week... Not fun.sounds like either the unit you're most familiar with is run pretty poorly.
If I had to guess, I'd say RRU.
you mean ambulances right? just clarrifyingCalfire Rivco, BAT 12 and 7. They have boxes at the stations.
15 urban EMS calls (where you have hospitals on every corner, so you have short transport and response times) in 24 isn't too bad, but I can see where it could cause problems after the 2rd or 3rd (or 5th) consecutive day. And I thought 10 calls in 12 hours was rough.I can go into details but the suck is real. 120 hour shifts on vans that run 10-15 calls a day is normal for most people.
ewwwww. sounds like they need more EMS units, or at least the ability to trade off whose up for the next call.On staffing patters it's not uncomoun to be on a 1st roll box for 10days in a row. My personal longest was 9 days.
Respectfully, no it's not. It's about getting out, and not accepting that it's OK to be working in miserable conditions. The smart people leave for better options, while the suckers stay for years. 9 back to back 24 hour shifts? and all on the ambulance? what does your wife say? have you even had time to see your girlfriend? do your kids even remember what you look like? how many of their special events have you said you would attend, and then cancelled last minute? The paychecks might look good, but sounds like it destroys your entire life, and no job is worth that.At that point it's about survival.