To ensure the most effective service at the time of an emergency, our crews must remain in their designated response territory with their fire trucks during their entire shift. Our crews work 24 hour shifts with no scheduled breaks, and meals are not provided by the City.
Personnel on each shift must purchase their own food and prepare their own meals, so they may make a daily trip to the grocery store within their first due neighborhood to buy whatever they need to prepare their meals for the entire shift.
Fire and medic crews do not have to be sitting in the fire station to be dispatched to a call. They are dispatched by a radio system; that's why they carry portable radios wherever they go while on duty and out of the station. All City of Salem units maintain constant radio contact with Fire Communications and the entire crew must always be together with their truck. That ensures they are always ready to respond to any emergency, regardless of their current location or non-emergency assignment.