Volunteer Emergency Responder Program
Lucas Fire-Rescue has a two-tier system for volunteer emergency responders to encourage both certified volunteers to provide essential public service and those individuals in accredited programs to be able to gain valuable experience.
Tier One Volunteer Emergency Responders
To be classified as a tier one volunteer emergency responder, you must possess and maintain at least one fire certification, or one EMS certification as listed below with preference 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
Tier one 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 tier one volunteer emergency responder is to participate in the “City of Lucas Fire-Rescue Staffing Plan” in accordance with departmental strategies.
Tier Two Volunteer Emergency Responders
To be classified as a tier two volunteer emergency responder, you must be enrolled in an accredited interior structural firefighting program or an approved EMT-Basic or Paramedic school. You are required to be pursuing certification in one or more of the following:
- SFFMA Firefighter
- TCFP Firefighter
- EMT-Basic or above
Tier two volunteer emergency responders may not assist in ensuring adequate staffing and are not eligible to receive a stipend.
Only tier one volunteer emergency responders in good standing are eligible to receive stipends based on the following guidelines:
- Volunteer emergency responders with rank of Chief Engineer, Operations Chief or Night Incident Commander will receive a flat rate stipend of $625 per month.
- Tier one 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.