Volunteer Emergency Responder Program
Lucas Fire-Rescue has a system for volunteer emergency responders to encourage certified volunteers to provide essential public services to our community.
Volunteer Emergency Responders
To be classified as a volunteer emergency responder, you must possess and maintain at least one fire certification. Preference is given to those with one fire and one EMS certification:
- SFFMA Intro (or higher) Firefighter
- TCFP – Basic (or higher) Firefighter
- EMT-B Basic
- EMT-P Paramedic
Volunteer emergency responders in good standing are eligible to receive a stipend in accordance with program guidelines, participate in the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System (TESRS) and the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP). One of the goals of the volunteer emergency responder is to participate in the “City of Lucas Fire-Rescue Staffing Plan” in accordance with departmental strategies.
Volunteer emergency responders in good standing are eligible to receive stipends based on the following guidelines:
- Volunteer emergency responder stipends are based on the following:
- Day shift (7:00 am to 7:00 pm) = $75
- Night Shift 7:00 pm to 7:00 am for night shift) = $45
- If a volunteer emergency responder is unable to volunteer for the activity/shift they signed up for, they shall attempt to find a replacement and notify the shift supervisor.
- Sign-ups will be completed in the “FD Shift Calendar” in Outlook.
- The maximum stipend an individual may receive annually is $7,500. Emergency Volunteer Responders may sign-up for additional shifts, but stipends will not be paid over the $7,500 maximum.
- Sign-ups will be completed by the 15th of the current month for the next month. There will be two months posted for sign-ups.
In addition, all volunteer emergency responders shall agree to successfully complete the following City of Lucas Fire-Rescue training:
- Emergency vehicles operator’s course;
- approval to operate Squads and Ambulances;
- medical skill assessment; and
- fire skills assessment.
To be in good standing, all volunteer emergency responders agree to complete these qualifying services:
- Participate in a minimum of 60 training hours annually.
- Participate in a minimum of 500 service hours annually.