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I went to the Fire Academy in Orlando. FL and I remember a few of the younger guys were explorers for the City of Orlando F.D. I was thinking of suggesting this program in my department and I wanted to know what people thought of it first. I'm basically looking for some pros and cons to the idea. I think it helped some of the younger kids stay out of trouble. Especially if they were serious about the fire service. Let me know what you think.


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I have by laws and policy as well, give me an email if ya want it.
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Thanks and be safe,

Nick Perkins said:

I have by laws and policy as well, give me an email if ya want it.
You have mail. Good luck!
J.C. You may want to re-think this. I realize it is nice for the youngesters, but you could be held liable if they hurt themselves. Yes, that includes slipping on the stall floor. What we are doing is hiring folks from the Community College, Fire Science Program, and one of the requirements is for them to complete an Associates Degree before we hire them full time. It really works for us.
Chester, You make a valauble point that we all must consider. But, you state "What we are doing is hiring folks from the Community College, Fire Science Program". Why would you not be held liable if they get hurt including slipping on the floor?

The Fire Explorers are actaully offered a greater level of protection as are the advisors. They are provided insurance through the By Scouts of America. So ontop of workers comp coverage they also have private insurance through the Boy Scouts. Toped off with hold harmless waivers signed by the parents.

As an advisor and once explorer there is more liability protection offered to the dept. then the "students" you are hiring.

Stay Safe!


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