A Day in the Life of a Firefighter
Our full-time firefighters start shift at 0800. Daily duties are completed and inspections and hydrant maintenance are performed. Because each member is responsible for their own food, you may see the ambulance crew or the engine crew at the grocery store shopping for lunch and dinner. After lunch, training is conducted. While on shift, members are encouraged to use our work-out facilities for physical fitness. After dinner, more training may be conducted, and then it’s off to bed until the next morning. Members are relieved of their duties the following morning at 0800, and are off for the next 48 hours. Emergency responses take precedence over any other activity, including sleeping.
Our volunteers start shift at 1800. Typically, that is right in time for dinner with the full-time staff. After dinner, training may be conducted, and then it’s off to bed. Members are relieved of their duties the following morning at 0600. Our volunteers are assigned to a specific night. Emergency responses take precedence over any other activity, including sleeping.
We also have part-time firefighters that start shift at 0600 and leave at 1800. While on shift, they help to staff the apparatus and complete any duties or participate in any activities as the supervisor sees fit.
Career vs Volunteer
Career firefighters are employed and paid for the hours they work. Most career firefighters are required to have the minimum 400-hour KY FF certification, and either an EMT license or paramedic license. Volunteer firefighter expertise can range from initial recruit training to a professional level of training. They are not required to have an EMT or paramedic license. Some of our volunteers are strictly EMS professionals. Our volunteers are not compensated for time volunteering or runs made.
Junior FF Program
For high school students (ages 15-17), we have a Junior Firefighter Program that enables you to begin training as a firefighter. These individuals attend the same caliber of classes as our career and volunteer firefighters. After a specific amount of training, our Junior FFs can begin making emergency responses with the members on duty. For more information about our Junior Firefighter Program, please email [email protected]
The City of Edgewood provides three scholarships per Fall/Spring semester for students attending a post-secondary institution. The scholarship amount is awarded for tuition and books/fees up to $3,000 a semester. Edgewood Fire/EMS was also awarded a SAFER-funded FEMA grant in 2017 which provides an additional nine scholarships per Fall/Spring semester. The FEMA scholarship is awarded for tuition and books/fees up to $5,000 a semester. Our scholarship recipients begin their term on July 1 for the Fall semester or January 1 for the Spring semester. While attending school, our scholarship recipients are assigned to a full-time crew and provide a 24-hour shift of coverage every 6th day. For more information regarding our Scholarship opportunities, please email [email protected]