We have what is called a “combination” fire department. We do have some full-time staff, however, about 75% of the firefighters are considered paid-on-call (POC) firefighters. These are similar to volunteer firefighters who have other full-time jobs outside the fire department and participate when not at their regular jobs. The difference between a POC firefighter and a volunteer is, the POC earns an hourly wage for being on shifts and attending calls, training and events. They also earn time toward a pension, where volunteers do not get compensated in any way.