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    I don't know if this has been brought up before, but we are in the throws of a mutiny on the subject. How do you rule on the guys caring and using cells while on duty. Right now we are not aloud to carry them while on duty. They have to stay in our bags while on shift. How is anybody else work with these new problems?

  • #2
    Originally posted by stonecold16 View Post
    I don't know if this has been brought up before, but we are in the throws of a mutiny on the subject. How do you rule on the guys caring and using cells while on duty. Right now we are not aloud to carry them while on duty. They have to stay in our bags while on shift. How is anybody else work with these new problems?
    In the past, the carrying and use of cell phones while on duty was prohibited.

    Within the last year and a half, with a change in administration, the carrying and use of cell phones is now allowed.

    They are not to be used while responding to, or on the scene of a call, unless it is for incident related business. Otherwise, they can now be used while on duty.




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    • #3
      We can use ours while we're at the st. but if we go out for any reason they stay at the st. simple as that.

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      • #4
        ok

        Wouldn't you want to take it out inspecting or going to the store to use if you needed it. Instead of tying up the radio to call back to ask questions. There are benefits to having your cell instead of just gabbing on it all the time.

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        • #5
          Thats way different than us, our station provieds nextels for the line officers, and the chief engineer and we can use our phones when ever pretty much.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by NuclearDoctor View Post
            Thats way different than us, our station provieds nextels for the line officers, and the chief engineer and we can use our phones when ever pretty much.
            Same here. I'm expected to have it with me on calls!
            Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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            • #7
              Personal phones ought to be allowed, but the ringer should be silenced (so it can be subtly ignored if it rings while you're on a job). They are a great security blanket when things go south.

              When not on a job, the rules for personal phone calls on the department phone should be extended to cell phones to keep the occasional nutjob from talking for hours with his girlfriend instead of meeting his obligations in the house.

              Department issued cell phones for officers are common in the places I've worked, and you are expected to carry them at all times.
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              • #8
                No rules at our dept. except we are not supposed to be using them while driving. Of course the BC's are often on the phone while driving.

                Nothing like have your wife call right in the middle of doing CPR.


                Mike
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                • #9
                  As far as I know there are no regulations about using our cell phones while on duty. Course in my opinion using them while driving is not very safe, it is still done.

                  As for me personally, about the only person who calls me, is my wife while I am at the station and she calls the station direct. I don't carry my cell phone with me and she very rarely calls.

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                  • #10
                    I remember when our dept. got its first cellphone. ( 1982). It was the size and weight of a 12 v. battery,and was carried on the command unit.The poor chiefs driver was stuck packing that brute around at a fire. I'm not sure if our dept. has a policy on the books regarding personnel cellphones,but if there is,it isn't enforced. Everyone uses common sense when using their cell ,restricting their calls to family matters,Not how many yards of concrete to order, for tommorows side job. I remember only one inappropiate time that a crew member of mine,used his cell to text the ladder rider back at the station, to put his slurpee in the freezer, as he was tied up at a medical emergency performing cpr. My only gripe was he composed the message and texted it, during his third pulse check. For those out there that are not permitted to carry your precious phone on duty,don't swet it,every rig carries a cell, making it possible to recieve any urgent messages from home. Years ago before all the trucks had cells, it wasn't unusual to see the occassional bro,with a pager on his hip,which meant only one thing- the brother was soon to become a father.

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                    • #11
                      My experiences have been based on common sense. No cell phone usage in the truck or at the scene. Limited usage during "day hours" (till 5pm). Vibrating ringers used during trainings/meetings. We had some that tried to push the day hours uasge (yappin while everyone else trained/cleaned/etc) but they usually heard it from the rest of the crew before admin jumped their sh*t.
                      The only person who does not screw up, is the person who does not do anything.

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                      • #12
                        i know of a few stations here who are very very carefuly about any electronics. If they get called to a fumes call or a gas call, as soon as they get there (if its confirmed to be gas in a house or a closed place), all protables, cells phones, pagers, all electronics go off execpt for the chiefs mobile. And they send the crews inside if needed to turn off the gas if they can. So they just play it safe.

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                        • #13
                          I told my crew to have their cells in the vibrate mode all shift. And no talking on the cell during a call or on the unit. I had an engineer who thought it was okay to yak while driving.

                          I have a pretty mature group so if we are in training or something department related they are good about letting a call go to voice mail or answering to tell the caller they will call back when convenient.

                          Its worked so far.
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                          • #14
                            ive been told by my crew chief you can have your phone on you if your in the bus keep it on vibe and dont use it on a call unless your call a hospital,dispatch. for some unk communication glitch ie- radio tower being down or a main server going down very very rare instances though

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                            • #15
                              I try to remember to grab my cell phone when I leave the house for a call (not the same as being "on duty", but you get the idea.) Especially fire calls, because occasionally I've needed one on the scene and had to bum one off someone else. In particular I've needed it a few times when I needed to call in an arson investigator (I'd rather talk to him directly and tell him what I've got than rely on our dispatchers to relay the info).

                              It's good to have a phone with you as a secondary means of communications...never can tell when you'll have info that's sensitive/confidential or just too lengthy for radio.

                              Agreed, though, it should be in silent mode, and personal calls should be discreetly ignored....most cell phones have missed call I.D. or even voice mail, you can call them back (actually, that's good advice for many day-to-day situations, not just emergency scenes )
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                              Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
                              Paincourtville, LA

                              "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
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