Plymouth Hopes Model Change Helps Attract New Firefighter Recruits
The Plymouth Fire Department has transitioned in recent years to a hybrid staffing model, which includes a mix of full-time and part-time, on-call firefighters. The city says this change allows Plymouth firefighters to be on staff 24/7 and reduces response times, especially for overnight calls. The change is designed to be more flexible and attractive for potential firefighter recruits. The city is shifting away from a paid on-call model, in which firefighters get paid for responding to calls, training and other duties.
“Plymouth Fire is looking to hire part-time on-call firefighters. What I’d really like to be able to do is talk to to people in the community about joining our department. And that opportunity is going to be on Thursday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. at our city hall,” said Steve Baker, Battalion Chief with Plymouth Fire and Rescue.
Baker says that with the new staffing model, they can keep their current jobs and maintain a work-life balance.
“We put the part-time part up front because most of their scheduling, most of their time committed to the fire department is very predictable. It’s scheduled in training, in on-shift and things like that. And their on-call status, the unpredictable side of it, has decreased,” said Baker.
Baker stresses the importance of coming to the informational session Thursday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. Spouses and family members are also welcome to come to this meeting. And also going to the Plymouth Fire website to learn about contributing to your community in this way.