The Rockland Fire Department provides Fire and Emergency Medical Services to the Citizens of Rockland utilizing a combination of career and paid call personnel. RFD also provides contract EMS coverage to the Town of Owls Head.
The department operates 3 Fire Engines, 1 Tower Ladder, 3 ALS ambulances, 1 command unit, 1 utility pick-up and a small inflatable boat. The daily career personnel staff one engine, the tower and an ambulance for fire incidents. EMS coverage is provided by on duty personnel cross-staffing the three ambulances as needed with and career staff being either Maine EMT-Intermediates or Paramedics. The Call Division, as our paid call personnel are known, respond to all first alarms and whenever incidents leave the station with fewer than two duty personnel in house.
The Call Division is a dedicated force of “volunteer” firefighters who regularly train and respond to the multitude of incidents the department covers. They are paid by dividing a fixed sum of money in equal monthly sums, then dispersing it based on the number of times a member reports to training, incidents or staffing recalls. Many of our call division members are also EMS licensed personnel and provide quality EMS care when staffing ambulances.
The career firefighters and lieutenants are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local #1584. There are 9 firefighters who also work on the ambulances on a rotating basis, three Lieutenants, three Assistant Chiefs, and the Fire Chief. Additionally, we have two fulltime paramedics who work one at a time for four straight 12 hour days and then have four days off. The Fire/EMS personnel are split into three shifts of five, each working a 24 hour duty shift then having two days (48 hrs) off.
The Rockland Fire/EMS Department is constantly hiring call firefighters and EMS providers to assist the department in fulfilling its mission. Fulltime positions are hired on an “as needed” basis. Please see our hiring page for information on how you can join.