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The Marion Fire Department is a combination department consisting of 29 career firefighters and 25 paid-on-call (POC) firefighters. An hourly wage is paid to the POC when called to respond to emergencies and participate in public education events. The POC firefighters are required to receive 30 hours of formal firefighter training per year, which is more than the 24 hour requirement of the State of Iowa. The POC firefighters meet twice a month (2nd and 4th Wednesday evening) for meetings and training.


This is a position within the municipal fire department that is utilized by request and paid at an hourly rate when appropriate. The paid-on-call firefighter trains for and participates in activities that protect life and property via skilled firefighting and rescue operations. Work often includes performing strenuous, hazardous tasks during emergency situations. Additional time is spent training and studying modern firefighting techniques. Direction and supervision is received from ranking officers.


• Responds to fire alarms; may drive fire apparatus and auxiliary equipment; lays and connects hose; holds nozzles and directs fog or water streams; raises and climbs ladders; uses fire extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines and other equipment.

• Ventilates burning buildings by opening windows, cutting holes in roofs and floors, or by mechanical means. Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris.

• Removes persons from danger and administers first aid when necessary.

• Attends Marion Fire Fighters Association training and business meetings. Attends other off-site training courses when able.

• Assists the duty crew in post-fire equipment clean up and re-loading.

• Performs related work as required.