What kind of schedule do firefighters work?

Our 6 full-time firefighters work 48 hour shifts with alternating days off. There is always at least one person on duty at the station 24 hours per day. The Fire Chief works 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Paid/On-Call firefighters are also dispatched for incidents via tone-alert pagers and respond to supplement the duty person leaving from the fire station. Many times, Paid/On-Call personnel are at the station to supplement the on-duty firefighter. In addition, all personnel are required to attend regular training sessions on various topics, and to complete required courses to keep their licenses current. These trainings are sometimes held in-house on dedicated evenings, and sometimes take place with other departments and/or on the weekend.

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1. When I call 911 for a medical emergency, why does the Fire Department show up?
2. Can I burn leaves, brush, or other yard waste on my property?
3. Why do I sometimes see an emergency vehicle go through an intersection with lights and sirens on, and then, after they go through, turn them off and slow down?
4. Sometimes I see a car, pickup truck, or other every-day vehicle with flashing red lights and a siren coming down the street. Is this a fire department vehicle? What do I do?
5. Why do some fire trucks park down the street from an incident?
6. Why do firefighters cut holes in the roof of a building during a fire? Doesn't this do even more damage to the house?
7. What is the Texas Township Fire Department radio frequency?
8. What is the Township's Fire Insurance Protection Class?
9. Where should I install smoke detectors in my home?
10. My smoke detector emits a small beep every few minutes. Does this mean it needs to be replaced?
11. I'm replacing my old smoke detectors with new ones. What can I do with the old ones?
12. My carbon monoxide detector's alarm is sounding. What should I do?
13. I've stopped by the fire station several times, and nobody seems to be there. Where is everyone?
14. How many firefighters work for the Texas Township Fire Department?
15. What kind of schedule do firefighters work?
16. Why are Texas Township Fire/Rescue vehicles lime-green/yellow instead of red?
17. How do I request a copy of an incident report?
18. Do you offer CPR classes?
19. Do you inspect child car safety seats?
20. Can I use an outdoor grill (gas, propane, charcoal) on my apartment deck or patio?
21. Do you fill swimming pools or pump out basements?
22. Do you repair fire extinguishers, or recharge fire extinguishers that have been used?
23. Who do I call to schedule Texas Township Fire Truck, Firefighter, or Fire Safety Class at my function, or to schedule a tour of a Fire Station?
24. How can I get a fire inspection for my business?
25. Does Texas Township have Tornado Warning Sirens?
26. Does Texas Township provide fire services to the City of Portage, Oshtemo Township or Village of Mattawan?