Ok, I'm a Capt. for a Dept. on the outskirts of a large city. We have 7 stations and over 20 pieces of apparatus. Along with rescue boats and several different specialized teams. (Confined space, high angle Haz-mat. ect). My station runs on average 10 calls a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less, just like any other dept. We have everything from multi story commercial buildings to a municipal airport, farm land to major state highway. Govt. apts to multi million dollar homes. We use the newest equipment and get the best training. We have full workers comp. insurance and just about everything else a big city Dept. has. But....Were Volunteer! I understand that My dept. has alot of things some volunteer Dept's. don't have. The one thing we don't have is the "I'm better than you" attitude. I have seen alot of it in the last 18yrs on this job. "Oh, your one of those guys" attitude. Alot, (NOT ALL) of the paid Dept. guys have this big ego they carry around and they think that just because they get a pay check from a city, they are in some way better trained or better equipped to do the same job we do. Does the fire burn hotter for the paid guys? Again, not all "career" fire fighters are like this, but I have ran in to my fair share. Even some of the volunteers who go on to paid dept. sometimes come back with this attitude. My dept. does employ a day time duty crew at three of the seven stations during the week to make up for the drop in vol. personnel from 9-5. I have found that at my station, some members of the duty crew are just plain lazy. I have found empty air bottles on my truck after a fire, Dirty Sheetrock caked air masks, trash left out ect. ect. Things that I would assume would get them in alot of trouble at there "paid" dept. So why do it when your at MY house? Just because your working a side job for a Vol. dept. does that make there actions less dangerous for the volunteers? when one of the Volunteers goes to put on the empty air pack and dirty mask on at the next "volunteer" house fire, will he be in less danger because he doesn't get paid? What would you think if it happened to you? I expect two things out of firefighters at my station. I don't care if your a carrier or volunteer. #1 -Clean up after yourself. ( Tools, equipment, station) and #2- Put stuff back where its supposed to go. looking for a radio or flashlight thats not in its specific location while en-rout to a call can be a bad start to an already bad situation. Granted, no one is perfect and the volunteers make there share of mistakes also. But, unlike with the paid guys, I am there supervisor and correct those problems when they arise. As far as the paid guys, I have to go to there boss to get issues resolved. Its frustrating. Some of the duty crew guys already don't care for me because I have called them out on some issues. The empty air bottles, apparatus with no fuel after they have used it all day long Again, all things that I assume would get them in trouble at there Dept. I tell these guys, I'm not expecting them to do anything special, Just do what your supposed to do. Paid or volunteer, do what your supposed to do! Any one else have these (paid-Vol.) issues? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!