It seems that everyone is ok with not being paid for 30 minutes a day assigned to a fire or even unassigned.
If you wearing ppe or are monitoring a radio or you should be paid.
Nffe-fsc.org page 55 meal breaks. Employees who are required to work during their scheduled meal period shall be compensated at the appropriate rate. Bona fide meal periods 29-cfr-785.19.
I say if your on the staffing and rostered to respond to incidents you should be paid the hole time your on. Because you are able to respond at all times of the day. Then no meal period will apply. This will become a problem if people start leaving the fire line or stations with radios off. When asked dispatch said they will call anytime of day and in dispatch people are able to be completely removed from duties. As a responder it’s not so easy. The fix is have time run through the day. . I would love to hear another opinion on the matter or a like minded one please comment.