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    Just curious how many juniors/explorers have radios? if you do who provided it? and what kind?
    If you do not have a radio are you allowed to talk on radios inside the trucks or other firefighters?
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    I suppose I'll take a break from my sarcasm today and actually answer this one.

    Basicly, I told my explorers that they can grab a radio on scene provided:
    1. They aren't preventing a firefighter that needs one from having one.
    2. They speak only when spoken to or when they have to (ie- life threatening emergency)
    3- They are doing a task that requires it (ie- traffic control)
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by nmfire View Post
      I suppose I'll take a break from my sarcasm today and actually answer this one.

      Basicly, I told my explorers that they can grab a radio on scene provided:
      1. They aren't preventing a firefighter that needs one from having one.
      2. They speak only when spoken to or when they have to (ie- life threatening emergency)
      3- They are doing a task that requires it (ie- traffic control)
      With our volunteer departments every firefighter is issued a radio that has went through the training on using one. Does your service just keep the radios on the rigs?
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      • #4
        Our officers have radios, and we have one on the truck either for A) The senior man who is taking interior ops or B)there is no officer and a senior FF is chiefing the truck out and running the command. Juniors/Orange Shields are allowed no where near the radios unless absoulutely neccessary.
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        • #5
          We have enough for every packed up firefighter to have one. Considering not everyone if anyone at all is packed up at every call, yes, there are generally more than enough to go around.
          Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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          • #6
            our juniors carry either radios or pagers, but there not provided by the county.

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            • #7
              Here, we have a radio for every riding position on each truck. Some firefighters have personal radios that they bought by themselves, but all officers are assigned their own.

              Our rules as far as explorers using radios is pretty much the same as nmfire's.

              On drills, etc. we sometimes use the dept radios set on a different channel or we use some 10 mile family radios that the post owns.

              On some details, all the explorers are issued family radios and the officers will get department radios off of a backup truck.
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              • #8
                On my old volunteer department,explorers got pagers and if they were assigned traffic detail were watched like hawks.Anyone who came back with fewer Explorers than they were sent off with had to explain why to the parents.
                Two ways were reserved for full members and most of the time,we left them in our turnouts so we'd have it when we went interior.Only a few folks carried them with them when not on a call.

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                • #9
                  Explorers get pagers from my department if they pass two written tests, but they do not use radios on scene, or run the sirens while responding because we had issues with them screwing around using them. Some of the senior Explorers who are within a few months of turning 18 and joining our department can use the radio if all other FF's on scene are busy, but we only have 2 of them at this point in time.

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                  • #10
                    I'm on two departments.

                    In Vernon, we are not given pagers anymore. We used to, long ago. The Captain said, and I quote, "If you want to hear calls, I suggest you get a scanner." I have a scanner and last Sunday, I heard our tone for a house fire at one of our firefighter's houses. I made the second truck!

                    In Guilford, we are given a pager when we turn 16. I am still 15, so I will not get one until September.

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                    • #11
                      In my area do Juniors get issued radios?? No. Should they. No. What purpose would it serve too give Juniors a radio. You not allowed too drive too the scene, your not even allowed too be really actively involved, and even if you are theres going too be a senior firefighter with you probably with a radio. So it would be a major waste of money too spend that kind of money on a junior


                      Just to clear it up too I'm not bashing Juniors because I was one at one time
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ndvfdff33 View Post
                        In my area do Juniors get issued radios?? No. Should they. No. What purpose would it serve too give Juniors a radio. You not allowed too drive too the scene, your not even allowed too be really actively involved, and even if you are theres going too be a senior firefighter with you probably with a radio. So it would be a major waste of money too spend that kind of money on a junior
                        there you have it folks...........



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                        • #13
                          All officers at my station are issued radios that they keep with them most of the time. There are no portables on the trucks for members to use on scene. Anyone can have a radio you just have to buy it yourself they are not provided. I think they should put radios on all of our trucks since half the time the officers dont show up for the calls.

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                          • #14
                            On our Department All interior certified firefighters are issued a portable radio, All officers also have a mobile radio in there vehicle. Yes Juniors can run the radio back at the station or on the truck but if there in the "Officers Seat"/ the passenger seat of one of our 2or 3 person trucks (Tanker, Heavy Resuce).

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                            • #15
                              Explorers:
                              For training drills, we use Dept. radios on the 800 system, but we use one of the ITAC channels that are for non emergency/special event use. Incident/sector/etc commanders all get radios and we give a radio to each group of 2 explorers (say 2 are doing an attack and 2 are doing a search).

                              For public functions, we usually have explorers bring family radios that we have everyone use (usually 1 radio per 2 people).

                              On occasion (usually only when we work at the county fair all week), we use the old Dept. VHF/UHF radios.

                              Department:
                              All officers are assigned a portable on the 800 system, as well as a fire pager. There is a bank near the radio room and a bank on the command unit for each FF to grab a radio (800) form once they arrive at the station. Each truck also has a radio (800).
                              Kyle
                              Bedford Fire/Rescue Explorer Post #547
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