Organization and Staffing
CWIFR serves the community with a combination of volunteers and paid (full and part-time) personnel. We refer to this as The Three Legged Stool . A three legged stool is stable, even on an uneven surface provided that each of the legs is sufficiently strong. The same holds true for the District’s staffing.
CWIFR staffs Station 53 on Race Road 24-hours per day 365 days per year with an average of three personnel, using a combination of full-time, part-time, and volunteer members. A full-time Lieutenant (or full-time Firefighter acting as a Lieutenant) supervises the on-duty staff. In addition, the District ensures that a command officer (Chief or Captain) is either on-duty or on-call (available for immediate response from within the District) at all times. This limited on-duty staffing provides rapid response, but is not adequate to deal with incidents such as a cardiac arrest, motor vehicle accident with multiple patients or requiring extrication, or structure fires which require considerably more personnel. When faced with a major incident or with multiple concurrent calls for service (which happens several times per month) CWIFR relies on volunteer members as well as off-duty full and part-time members to provide adequate staffing.
In addition to emergency response duties, our full-time Firefighters and Fire Officers are responsible for a wide range of program and project work that is necessary to support District operations.