Do “Live-In” members have to ride more than “Permanent Sleeper” members?
Yes. Live-In members are required to ride at least 48 hours/week, including at least three overnight shifts (2300-0700 hours). Permanent Sleepers, on the other hand, are required to ride at least 36 hours/week, including at least three overnight shifts (2300-0700 hours).
What is the difference in living space between “Live-In” and “Permanent Sleeper” members at BCCRS?
Permanent Sleeper space is separate from, but adjacent to, the main bunk room where other volunteers spend the night, offering more privacy. In contrast, Live-In members have the most privacy in semi-private quarters in a newly renovated suite area that is completely separate from other areas of the station.
What operational qualifications are required for Live-In members?
The program for Live-In and Permanent sleepers is designed to attract and retain fire/rescue personnel with the skills needed to meet the Squad’s staffing requirements, particularly at nights and weekends. We are looking for Live-In and Permanent sleeper applicants who are Maryland EMTs and have at least one other operational qualification (e.g., emergency ambulance or heavy apparatus driver, paramedic, or firefighter) or who have similar qualifications in other states for which reciprocity is likely to be granted. Requirements also may vary depending on the availability of Live-In and Permanent sleeper spaces. All interested parties are encouraged to submit an application. Potential applicants can also always ask a question by emailing us at email@example.com.
Will I be required to ride or staff apparatus if I’m in the station but not assigned to apparatus?
Live-In and Permanent sleepers must meet the minimum riding requirements (48 hours/week and 36 hours/week, respectively) to qualify for the living spaces and the stipend. Just because a Live-In or Permanent Sleeper is in the station, they are not required to staff apparatus or run calls. Of course, we welcome the dedication and commitment that many of our Live-In and Permanent Sleepers demonstrate and appreciate when they ride more than the minimums.