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  • #16
    To the OPs question, whatever you come up with it should be very specific, you want to make it very clear what is and is not allowed to everybody, not just the limited people. You then need to ensure you don't place these people in a position where they may be urged to cross a line like being on scene, but only allowed to do limited tasks.

    I used to work at a department that had structural and wildland firefighters. The wildland only guys did not get structural turnouts to help ensure they didn't get asked to do things they were not trained for. They were allowed very limited outside support duties at structure fires and not allowed to do anything within the collapse zone of the building. They primarily helped with rehab, head counts, filling air cylinders, doing traffic control and acting as a runner for the IC. We would use the Search and rescue guys in the same way. This only worked because everybody knew what they could use these people for and they were not asked to do things that were not within their scope.

    Originally posted by johnsb View Post
    I see the question as trying to find jobs for those that can't meet the requirements. Maintenance, cleaning, fundraising, training, etc. Maybe even running rehab on a scene. What's wrong with finding a place for people to help within their capability? The more people that a dept. has involved = more resources. Not everyone has to be a firefighter. We're not talking about putting some seventy year old, or a 400 lb. guy in a pack and on the nozzle.

    I had the same idea as you, people that cannot for whatever reason respond to fires but are willing to do possibly less glamorous duties like wash the trucks, clean up around the station, provide rehab services etc. I guess it really depends on whether you need bodies for these tasks, some volunteer departments have staffing issues, some don't. I guess making the most of your local population depends on which kind of department you have.


    Originally posted by Bones42 View Post
    He listed these items....drive trucks, fight fires, respond to specific scenes. Doesn't sound like they are looking for fundraising helpers or maintenance men.
    I read that as a list of things they possibly could not do.
    Last edited by Here and there; 08-22-2015, 12:29 AM.

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    • #17
      We dont need any other "class" of member. We got enough "active" members that dont do anything.

      They already have a t shirt. What more could they possible want?

      A new accepted group that does not have to fight fire? I could see that spreading to the other slap jacks.
      The fire service is about service to our fellow man.
      There is a trust that must not be broken and we are the keepers of that trust.
      Captain Dave LeBlanc

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      • #18
        Originally posted by conrad427 View Post
        They already have a t shirt. What more could they possible want?
        A jacket?

        Properly managed, such folks could be an asset. Otherwise, they may just become more deadwood.
        Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

        Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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