Certified people only should be allowed on calls.There are an awful lot of "wannabes" out there that you become resposible for.
The question of who should be allowed to do what on a particular call depends on your pool of available personnel. This gets really tricky for some volunteer departments. The two departments I served with had no other entrance process other than a vote by current membership. Other volunteer departments require an application process and an interview some even go so far as to administer a physical agility. The higher your standards the more capable firefighters you will have. Unfortunately, it also means you may have fewer firefighters. I agree with Rick, only certified people should be allowed to respond to emergencies. When you show up in a piece of fire apparatus, or with a plate and flashing light on your POV the public has a certain expectation of the level of your performance. If you show up and say, "I just drive" or "I don't do interior firefighting" you expose that member to a potentially very dangerous situation as far as their health and safety is concerned, and open the department up to liability. I live in a predominantly rural state with many volunteer departments, so I have an idea of the crunch those departments are in to get enough people to the scene, but do you really want to roll the dice with the public and your members? I know this will be unpopular with many folks, but I don't think anyone under the age of 21 should be allowed to respond to calls. When I hear of LODDs with kids 15-18 years old it drives me crazy. I believe there was a case in Pennsylvania with a kid responding to a call on his bicycle and getting killed. Totally unacceptable! If they are accepted as junior members or whatever, they can do stuff at the firehouse or fund raisers, but should NOT be involved in emergency response. There are other options for understaffed departments, automatic aid, mutual aid, or something. Please, keep the kids in your community safe.
Rick Fritz said:Certified people only should be allowed on calls.There are an awful lot of "wannabes" out there that you become resposible for.
Fair. If the "Probie" isn't up to speed on interior attack, can they be used for defensive or exposure protection?
If you want to check out the 'Train on Sunday' thread for where we went back and forth on this.
And thanks for your thoughts.
If the "Probie" isn't up to speed on the interior attack, then someone needs to grab his or her coattail, and SHOW THEM HOW, it does not have to be mean or demeaning or boot campish, How else are they going to get up to speed, if they object, find someone who won't. (object) I washed a lot of parking lots, put out enough trash, and was SHOWN how to fight fire by some very patient firemen.