You will be assigned to one of 5 duty crews at one of the 3 Fire Stations. You are expected to attend duty. Your crew has duty every 5 days. Duty crew shifts are as follows:
- Monday through Thursday: 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM (of the following day)
- Friday: 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM on Saturday
- Saturday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 AM on Sunday
- Sunday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 AM on Monday
Some of your duty crews may fall on career week day holidays. OWL VFD members are expected to staff during daytime hours on these holidays. Currently they include:
- New Year's Day (if it falls on a weekday)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day President's Day
- Memorial Day Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veteran's Day (if it falls on a weekday)
- Thanksgiving Holiday (includes Thanksgiving Day and day after)
- Christmas Holiday (includes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Here is a description of the various positions:
Junior - Members who are 16 or 17 years old. OWLVFD has a robust junior program, however there are a number of differences for those under 18.
Recruit - You are a new member with no previous training or experience. You will need to complete the following classes in order to be enrolled in a Firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician course: CPR, Infection Control, CISD, HazMat Awareness, EMS Billing, NIMS 100, 200, 700 and 800, Harassment Awareness, Station Safety/OWL History, and PPE/SCBA.
Firefighter - You are certified as a Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) Firefighter 1 or equivalent. You have completed the recruit classes.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMTB) - You are certified as a Virginia Office of EMS EMTB. You have completed the Prince William County Basic Life Support Protocols course. You have completed the Department basic life support internship process.
Ambulance Driver - You are certified as an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) 1 and 2 driver, have completed the recruit classes and have completed the OWL VFD's Ambulance driver program. Engine Driver - You are certified as a Lead Firefighter, EVOC 1, 2 and 3, and the VDFP Driver - Pump Operator. You have completed the Department requirements to operate an Engine.
Truck/Tower Driver - You are certified as a Lead Firefighter, EVOC 1, 2 and 3, Driver - Aerial Operator, VDFP Rope Rescue I and II, VDFP Vehicle Rescue , Confined Space, Trench Operations have been an Engine Driver for at least 6 months and have completed the Department requirements to operate a Truck/Tower.
Medic Driver - You are certified as an EVOC 1 and 2, have completed the recruit classes and have completed the OWL VFDâ€™s Ambulance driver program.
Heavy Rescue Driver - You are certified as a Lead Firefighter, EVOC 1, 2 and 3, VDFP Rope Rescue I and II, VDFP Confined Space, Trench Operations, VDFP Vehicle Rescue, have been an engine driver for at least 6 months and Structural Collapse Rescue and have completed the Department requirements to operate a Heavy Rescue.
Paramedic - You are certified as a VA OEMS EMT - Intermediate Paramedic or Paramedic, AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and AHA Pediatric Advance Life Support. You have completed both the Prince William County Basic and Advanced Life Support Protocol courses.
Engine Incident Officer - You are certified as a Lead Firefighter, EVOC 1, 2 and 3, Driver - Pump Operator, EMTB, and completed the Prince William County Incident Officer Course. To be promoted to the Rank of Lieutenant you must also have completed VDFP Fire Instructor 1 and VDFP Fire Officer 1.
Heavy Rescue or Tower/Truck Incident Officer - You have the same certificates as the driver and at least one year experience as an Engine Officer.
Battalion Chief - Must have held the rank of Captain and hold certification in Instructor I and II, Fire Officer I, II and III, National Incident Management 100, 700, 300, and 400 and have completed the Department Battalion Chief turn over process