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  • kghemtp
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    As others have said, your department's reputation is on the line, and we certainly don't want kids' lack of world experience & occasional immaturity to make a bad name for the department. We need to impress upon explorers and even regular call/volunteer members that the T-shirt & plate carry responsibility, that they are billboards for the department, and every little action may be scrutinized. We don't want to limit fun, but we have to think before wearing that FD shirt to a bar or out to a function where behavior could come into question. Good luck with this issue!

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  • FireChief15201
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    I have come across the same thing in the past. 1st time I have to tell someone about their behavior, its a verbal warning. The 2nd time is a 30 day suspension, and the 3rd time that person is removed from the department, no ifs ands, or buts. Be firm and be fair.

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  • RobCook
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    I have been involved with recruit training of personnel that are above the age you are dealing with and have found that they can and often do display the same behaviors. The field that they are training for is accompanied with a lot of responsibility. If they are not acting in the way that best represents the fire service then there should be conseuences for their actions. I have found that the first time you hold someone accountable in a manner that shows that you are serious then the others quickly turn around. I have also found that if you do not hold them accountable then it only gets worse.

    Good luck

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  • Adze39
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    We feel that if someone has an FD plate on their car or is wearing FD clothing (t-shirt, uniform, etc) then they represent us and their behavior falls within our domain of punishment. If these kids are causing trouble wearing FD shirts, then suspend them. Or you can always sit down and have a talk with these kids. I'm not saying talk at them but talk to them...it might make a difference.

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  • islander237
    started a topic Cadet Behaviour

    Cadet Behaviour

    WE have a cadet program underway in a small community, a total of 9 teenagers between 16 and 18 who applied as a group. Though it hasn't been easy, I think we've developed a good training program focused on the basics with a heavy focus on safety.

    One issue that has been raised is how (or whether) to deal with Cadet's actions away from the dept. For example, speeding through our village, drinking and driving, innapropriate rowdyness or other community disruption?? We've told these kids (including in writing) that we're not replacing their parents and are not interested in what they do on their own time, but they should not disrupt the community - this because of obvious effects to our reputation, (voted) budget, etc. But some persist... Does anyone have experience dealign with this? Suggestions are appreciated.

    Derek

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