Since 1951, GFPD has utilized a combination of career and volunteer personnel to provide fire protection and emergency medical services.
GODFREY — The Godfrey Fire Protection District is seeking individuals who display pride, integrity and professionalism for its next paid-on-call firefighter recruit class.
The selection process will start in September with an information session. GFPD has 18 career firefighters who work a 24-hour-on and 48-hour-off schedule. Career staffing is supplemented by a group of 10 paid-on-call firefighters who stand duty alongside career personnel.
“Our paid-on-call firefighter program is a source of pride in this department,” Chief Erik Kambarian said. “I, along with most of our career firefighters, started as volunteer/paid-on-call at GFPD. When we show up at an incident, the public cannot tell between our career and paid-on-call personnel, and that’s the point.”
People interested in applying are encouraged to go to the district’s website, www.godfreyfire.com/recruitment, and view the paid-on-call firefighter section. The page includes a downloadable application and frequently asked questions about the program. Anyone is also welcome to stop by either station at 6011 Godfrey Road and 1712 W. Delmar Ave.
Applicants also will be invited to an information session in September, where they can sign up for an agility test and interview time at a later date. Selected applicants will undergo a background check and medical physical. New paid-on-call firefighters will begin a yearlong probationary process that involves training sessions covering everything from fire behavior and suppression, to hazardous materials response, EMS and ice rescue.
“While this position is designated as paid-on-call, these members receive only a small amount of compensation that may cover their fuel expenses,” Kambarian said. “They don’t do it for the money. They do it because they have a good heart and want to help people.”
Godfrey Fire Protection District is a unit of local government separate from the village of Godfrey with an elected board of trustees established by voter referendum in 1946. The district protects 36 square miles with 29 personnel, two fire stations and nine apparatus. Last year, GFPD responded to more than 2,000 incidents, a 105 percent increase since 2000. Since 1951, GFPD has utilized a combination of career and volunteer personnel to provide fire protection and emergency medical services.