I'm nt clear on what the rles are for firefighters under the FLSA. I know they have special rules. Public, not private.
According to te DOL, a public employee in fire protection includes a firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, rescue worker, ambulance personnel, or hazardous materials worker who is:
Employees may at their own option perform special duty work in fire protection and law enforcement for a separate and independent employer without including wages and hours in regular rate or overtime determinations.
Fire Departments or Police Departments may establish a work period ranging from 7 to 28 days in which overtime need be paid only after a specified number of hours in each work period.
Any employee who in any workweek is employed by an agency employing less than 5 employees in fire protection or law enforcement may be exempt from overtime.