....when you don't have enough work for a full time employee....? To get hired as a firefighter is very competitive Typically already make good money with benefits....less likely to get irked if you don't have enough consistent work for them....? already passed a background check tend to be more professional in appearance, less likely to be smokers with fewer visible tattoos The down side is if they just came off a busy 24 hour shift or traded shifts and just came off 48 hours of heavy calls.....they will show up to work beat tired and more accident prone. I was once a volunteer ff/emt myself and know the drill. Input ...thoughts?