The Washington Township Fire Department is a combination department, operating 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and consists of a 27 member career division, and at least a 12 member on-call division.
The career division (on-duty staffing) is comprised of 24 highly trained and competent firefighters who are all licensed as Paramedics to provide emergency medical services (EMS) for a fire-based advanced life support transporting ambulance service. Additional staff positions consist of the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal, and a Dispatch/Privacy Officer working a Monday through Friday work schedule. On-duty staffing is accomplished through 3 eight member shifts/platoons working 24 hours on a rotating basis, from two fire stations. Leadership of each on-duty shift is provided by a Captain and a Lieutenant. The remaining crew members are highly proficient firefighters/apparatus operators. All career members are trained and qualified as Interior Structural Firefighters (FFII) and operate at the Operations Level in Hazardous Material Response. Furthermore, 6 career members are crossed trained as Fire Inspectors and EMS Coordinators, each multi-tasking 8 hours of their twenty four hours shifts.
The on-call division (POC) of the Washington Township Fire Department is a long-standing, rich in tradition division of our labor that serves the Township with pride and dedication. The POC division is comprised of firefighters who are licensed as EMT-B to Paramedic. Currently, the POC division responds to our stations upon alert of their pagers for station district, and “all-call tones. As on-call members, they are required to attend monthly training, meet monthly run percentages, and to respond to EMS calls in their assigned station response district, and on all structure fire incidents. In May of 2013, the fire department administration, with assistance from both collective bargaining units, began our part-time staffing model. Today, POC personnel staff both stations when on-duty personnel are off on benefit time. The short term goal is to use POC staff to keep each shift at a minimum of 7 per shift, with a long term goal of up staffing to meet the needs of the community and increasing incident volumes.