A combination fire department is a mix of full-time career firefighters/Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and on-call paid firefighters/EMTs. The fire station is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by at least 2 career firefighters/EMTs; during some day-time incidents and most evening incidents the full-time staff is supplemented by the on-call staff.
On-call members live here in the community and have a department issued pager that alerts them to a call and are paid an hourly wage when they respond to emergencies. They are considered part-time town employees.
On-call firefighters are not paid a stipend to be on call. They respond from their homes when a fire-type emergency occurs and their pagers are activated. They travel to the station and respond with the appropriate apparatus depending upon the emergency.
The response ratio for the Town of Littleton is approximately 70% medical emergency calls and 30% fire type incidents.