We have no juniors at the moment, but normally they go on the tanker or QRV unless there is an open seat on the engine then they are more then welcome to hop on.
my department lets us ride if there is room on any truck and if we certified for it
Any apparatus that isn't the first out the door unless we are told otherwise we can always ride in the chiefs vehicle if it is still there
Not showing contempt for Explorers but they are underage and just learning how to be firefighters and as such should be protected just as the medical personnel are.
There's going to be plenty of chances for them to get hurt on the job when they are 18 and certifiably burnable.
As of my last visit to the old stomping grounds,there are plenty of Explorers at my department but while they train alongside the regulars,they are still relegated to very support activities on the fireground and kept out of the house on medical assist runs.There's some things on those that aren't for MY eyes much less those of a kid.
the way i see it is the same as a probie you get on what ever truck you can , your part of the department you have that right but! if there you get on and there is a qualified ff standing looking for a truck to get on they can tell you to get out and take the next truck at least thats how are department works . dont punish a kid willing to be first to the station and willing to learn because of his title
This simple Statement is why many veteran firefighters will not embrace or mentor explorers. I urge you to explain the statement or walk it back.
The statement is reckless, as is the attitude that one is a hero because he is a firefighter.
I have known many heros during my life, my father, soldiers, teachers, and coaches for example. They were not heros in the true definition of the word, but more for what they provided to me in terms of knowledge or experience. And yes a few firefighters that I have known over the years were heros.
It is not the job that makes you a hero. It is a split second decision to do something extraordinary above and beyond the call of duty.
Heros are the by-product of circumstance. No one that I would consider a hero would describe themself with that term. One that claims to be a hero is more likely egotistical and very foolish. You should learn the difference.
We all have our dreams or aspirations to do something with our lives that means something. Just the fact that you wish to become a firefighter suggests you have a desire to make a difference. But nothing in a day's work makes you a hero just because you ride a truck, or fill out the turnouts. Most calls are routine and will soon become a blur after time. Some calls will standout in your mind forever. But performing the functions you have been trained to fulfill is not heroic in itself. The public might view it differently and hold you in high regard, but do not come to expect it.
It is an easy thing to state that you will put your life on the line and gladly give full measure if it means someone else would be saved. If you say this, then it cheapens the meaning. If you believe you are capable of fulfilling it, then I urge you to think hard about it. It is a personal thing. Having gone through what I believed to be my final moments and a certain and painful death, I assure you do not wish to find yourself in this situation. I am not ashamed to say I was... "fearful". If I had perished, it would have been in vain, but that did not enter my mind in those minutes. Today, we just do not train our firefighters to think this way.... we train them to survive at all costs.
While you have not made any reference to the above sentence, I have a purpose for including it here. Over the years I have trained many young people that came to this job because of glamour and excitement. Many have a bullet-proof mindset and believe they are a chosen one. I spend considerable time breaking them down to get rid of that thinking. That mentality is dangerous for them, and everyone they work with.
Unfortunately, Hollywood has created a fire service that is misleading. I listen to rookies discussing Backdraft or Ladder 49... I just have to shake my head because most will not see in 20 years what is projected in 2 hours. The action is not action to us when we're in the fight. It is a job where failure or success is very much determined by the events and actions of humans. We must focus on the tasks at hand. If you come to my scene and tell me this is exciting... I'm keeping you away.
There is nothing glamorus about laying in a burn center for a year enduring numerous skin grafts until you just want to give up. There is nothing exciting about carrying a dying child out of a bedroom. There is nothing heroic about doing what you train to do. And it is very hard to look cool if you are dead.
So please, do not refer to the other young people in this forum as heros, and do not use the term to describe the veterans around here. We all signed up to do a job. We knew what was expected and have come to understand the dangers and risks. But we are still very much mortal. Too many of our guys have been lost over the years, some lost due to reckless actions or needless risks. A few perhaps thought they were a hero going in only to die for no reason.
Fear and a split second may be the difference between becoming frozen in place or fighting for everything.
Some of those we have lost were in fact heros. It is up to us to remember that. Heros cannot or will not speak for themselves. And yes, there are a few walking amongst us here.
I'm sorry if I seem a bit harsh, but my concern is you get off on the right foot. Don't lose your youth too quickly... it is only here for short while... you can never get it back. . I know you want to be an adult and do the adult things. You may think it is exciting... it isn't what you think it is.