Being a live-in firefighter at the CAVFD is not for the faint of heart. Our station runs over 7000 calls per year and requires an intense commitment to excellence from all of our live-ins. Our operational tempo is very fast, the calls that we run are very serious, and the brotherhood between live-in members is unparalleled. Most of the Bomberos de Langley Park have made the best friends of their lives while living in the bunkroom at Co. 34.
Live-in firefighters are required to ride a minimum of four nights per week, including some mandatory weekend duty shifts. That being said, four nights is the minimum, and most live-ins will contribute significantly more time, especially in their first year in the firehouse.
As a live-in rookie, your initial training will be intense and comprehensive, and the expectation is that you show up with a self-motivated and driven attitude that will allow you to finish it quickly. The faster a rookie can fulfill their requirements and demonstrate proficiency, the faster he or she can progress to other responsibilities such as driving, tillering, leadership roles, etc.
Live-in firefighters should plan on being a live-in for a minimum of two years. This is not a contractual agreement, but is the accepted standard for our members. The first six months will typically be spent completing the initial training requirements and learning the area well enough to drive the ambulance. After that is achieved, a member can move on to tillering and driving heavy apparatus.
At the end of the day, there is no substitute for showing up in Langley Park, meeting the membership, riding on some calls, and finding out what our program is all about. If you are interested in joining up, fill out the form on our homepage or email firstname.lastname@example.org today!