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    I am new to this form. I am from Virginia around Lynchburg.
    i have joined my local volunteer fire department as a junior.
    my fire department has never had a junior. They don?t know what gear to give to me and what training I?m allowed to go to. I have tried to tell them what I can do according to the law but i don?t know what to do. What does your local fire department do for juniors?

  • #2
    Virginia guidance here: http://www.co.augusta.va.us/home/showdocument?id=6286

    I would submit that you can be given PPE commensurate with your training and abilities. Departments usually restrict juniors to "outside the tape" until a fire is out, again depending on training.

    Activities around the firehouse should reflect a junior's knowledge and abilities.

    If juniors are given turnouts, there is generally something to flag them as juniors, such as a different color helmet. Pagers are OK as long as there are specific guidelines for response.

    Probably the best guideline would be to contact other departments in the area that do have juniors, if there are any.
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.


    • #3
      I'm an explorer which is alot like a junior. Do not intend on going in because you most likely won't. I have gear and a helmet and much other gear but my name tag on my coat says explorer and I have an orange shield on my helmet. I run calls and assist to my legal and knowledgeable abilities. Hope this helps you out. P.S. I have a radio/pager but I do not respond to calls over the radio instead we are told to go and not tell dispatch ONLY in order to free up channel traffic and everything else some explorers may try to do.


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