Are fire truck drivers on duty at the station house all the time? Do the drivers spend the night and where do they sleep?


The question
Are fire truck drivers on duty at the station house all the time? Do the drivers spend the night and where do they sleep?

The answer
The three fire truck drivers, Jerry Aramowicz, Eric Welch and Bill Cain, take turns on duty at the fire station, said Pratt Fire Chief David Kramer.

Two drivers are on duty at the station Monday through Friday. The first shift runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the second shift is 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

No one is on duty from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the week, Kramer said.

If a call comes in between 11 p.m. and 7 p.m. on-call drivers have to go to the station to get the trucks and get paid over time.

On the weekend one driver will start a 48 hour shift that runs from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Monday. The fire station has two bunk rooms downstars. The station has a full kitchen and restroom with a shower.

The drivers are full time city employees, get full time pay and have a double duty. They do maintenance and do set up for events at the fire station, city hall, the community center and the Municipal Building. They also take firefighter classes like other firefighters. 

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