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Junior Firefighter with a radio on scene

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  • Junior Firefighter with a radio on scene

    Before you tell me to go search the forums, I have read several posts about this topic, but never really got the direct answer I'm looking for.. How do you all feel about a Junior Firefighter grabbing a portable out of the truck on a call? Such as snagging a hydrant and waiting to be told to turn it on, or someone needs tools etc.. How do you feel about a Junior having a portable on them and just 'listening', not talking at ALL?
    Explorer and Junior Firefighter

  • #2
    Ask your chief

    Whatever his and dept policy is should be followed


    • #3
      In my department, when on call with the ambulance or truck, we are allowed to use the spare radio or pager available, but as fire49 stated, it would be best to ask your chief about this
      No Whining
      No Excuses
      No Regrets
      ~Paul Letarte


      • #4
        If a firefighter (Junior, Explorer, cadet, full) needs a radio for the job they are doing on a fire scene, give them a radio. If not, don't. This doesn't need to be complicated.


        • #5
          I support it as long as all senior members that need a radio have one, then a junior can have one and if a junior wants to purchase a radio of his own or use a department radio then the department needs to teach them how to use a radio properly and teach the 10 codes or whatever the department uses
          MY VIEWS DO NOT REFLECT those of my department or association.
          Originally posted by Rescue101
          I don't mind fire rolling over my head. I just don't like it rolling UNDER my a**.


          • #6
            I would agree talk to your officer about this first. If you department does not want you to carry one I would be very careful rocking the boat. Nothing worse than a probie or JR rocking the boat.

            That being said I do personally believe there is a positive thing to sitting and listening to the radio. I advise our guys to always listen to the fire ground chatter. You can learn how to communicate as your department expects. If you have a pager and they stay on the main when the fire is going on you could always switch to that channel. however I don't think there is many departments that don't go to a operations channel anymore.

            Train hard and stay safe!


            • #7
              Great situational awareness. That's how we do it. The best part is if somebody does need you then they can call you over and you can acknowledge. But as fire49 said, ask your chief. The key with a radio is to stay off it unless required i.e. somebody directly addresses you or you need to advise the engineer that the 5" just blew and that he's not gonna have water for a couple of minutes while a new line is established to the hydrant. But definitely ask your chief.


              • #8
                As long as you know how to use it, and need it for the task you are performing, I see no issue.


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