I am trying to figure out what all the ranks and titles mean in our fire department. It seems fairly different from my PD. Probably because we do completely different jobs. Our FD guys have titles like paramedic, engineer, and fire fighter. They appear to be like our Field Training Officer and Detective titles where they have the same rank as patrol officers but have specialized duties. Then there are the ranks like Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Chief. I also hear that some FD's have Lieutenants. Is it kind of like how we have Sergeants, Lieutenants, Deputy Chief, and Chief. We are supposed to have Corpral like Assistant Team Leaders. Are all these ranks more or less equivalents? And how does it change when you are talking about Full-time versus Vollie? I'm just curious because at what level do I have to start talking in managerese rather than tell it like it is?