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Being a member of the Grafton Fire Department can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Membership in our organization does require an extensive amount of initial training, continuous education, on-call availability and some personal sacrifice. The steps for joining are:
Members are required to attend initial certification training (if not already certified) in addition to continuing in-house training, as well as regular on-call availability. Firefighters are required to complete a minimum of 36 hours per year of training, following initial certification. EMTs, Advanced EMTs and Paramedics are required to attend enough training hours to maintain their license level throughout the three year renewal period. Required hours are dictated by the State of WI and the EMS Medical Director. All licensed EMTs/AEMTs/Paramedics are also required to attend mandatory skills checks twice per year (generally in April and October).
For new members without previous certification(s) in firefighting or EMS, the department will sponsor and pay for certification training through the local technical college (MATC). New members will choose one of the following paths:
For new members with previous certification(s) in firefighting or EMS, the department will work with you to transfer your licenses/certifications to our department and then orientate you to our policies, procedures and equipment. Not all certifications/licenses transfer from state-to-state, so we will assist you in navigating the process. If a certification/license does not transfer, you may be required to retake a course.
We always encourage members to achieve certifications beyond the basics and will work with you to create a pathway towards additional certifications.
Paid-on-call members are assigned to one of the four duty crews. Each duty crew is responsible for calls during their assigned hours on a rotating basis. During the week (Monday-Friday), duty crew members are expected to respond from 6pm-6am (12 hours). On weekends (Saturday & Sunday) the shifts are 6am-6am (24 hours). During their scheduled time, duty crew members are expected to be available and within a reasonable response distance to the fire station (generally no more than 5 minutes away).
Example: You are assigned Duty Crew 1. Duty Crew 1 is on-call this Monday from 6pm-6am. DC1 members are then off-duty Tuesday-Thursday and would then be on-call Friday from 6pm-6am. The following week, DC1 would be on-call Tuesday night and all day Saturday.
What happens if I have other commitments during my on-call time? The department understands that our members have lives outside of our organization. In order to maintain adequate coverage of on-call hours, we encourage members to trade hours with someone from one of the other three duty crews and/or work with your duty crew Lieutenant or Captain to find coverage.
The cost of gear exceeds $2000 per member. The cost of initial training varies by course; anywhere from $200-$1500 per student. The Grafton Fire Department covers all tuition, books and other fees associated with certification training and will provide you with all necessary Fire / EMS gear.