Thread: Leave School??
03-15-2000, 07:24 PM #1explorerFirehouse.com Guest
I just wanted to know if your department lets you out of school. I don't wanna hear any replies to this that school is important and stay in school. My reply to that is if you keep your grades up why not be allowed to leave. Please do not reply about that. I just wanted to know about if you can leave.
03-15-2000, 11:42 PM #2SFDchiefFirehouse.com Guest
The junior firefighters are not allowed to leave school for calls. In fact it is frowned upon them bringing their pager to school at all. The good side of this story is that we were able to gain members by other students seeing the ones with the pagers.
I do, however, know of depts that do let their juniors leave school given certain circumstances.
03-16-2000, 03:08 PM #3StylesFirehouse.com Guest
Our Explorers are allowed to take their pagers to school. We have our own tones and we set our pagers to those tones only that way we do not disrupt class. And yes, our chief will tone us out if he believes the incident is big enough to require our assistants. Its only happened twice.
03-16-2000, 10:55 PM #4JR95Firehouse.com Guest
I do know that the school in my town WILL NOT allow students to leave for a call. I know that students do leave for calls, and some how get away with it....
03-19-2000, 01:22 PM #5NRFR/explorerFirehouse.com Guest
Our explorer by-laws say that we can't bring our pagers to school. The by-laws also say that in the event that explorers are needed for a call, the FD will call the school and there will be an announcement over the PA system, telling the explorers to respond. Pretty cool huh?
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03-20-2000, 03:51 PM #6NMFD33Firehouse.com Guest
We are allowed but i dont goto the high school in my town so im stuck there...i leave my pagers in my van...
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03-20-2000, 08:31 PM #7Kelly ToolFirehouse.com Guest
No they didn't let us at our school, though i'd agree explorer, if they kept their grades up. If you remember high school the decision would be easy, fire call or school? If kids saw that how many do you think would sign up.
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03-20-2000, 10:45 PM #8wannabe-EMTFirehouse.com Guest
Company bylaws prohibit cadets from taking part in any department activity while school is in session. Further, cadets are not issued pagers, and no personnel except for the president may respond directly to the scene. In addition, schools forbid carrying pagers of any kind during the day.
03-21-2000, 12:25 PM #9JR95Firehouse.com Guest
Just recently I learned that according to NJ law, FF's and EMT's are allowed to carry alerting devices in school, despite the fact that typical alpha/numeric pagers are prohibited by another NJ law. Because of this, school officials have recently changed their decision about allowing emergency personnel to leave school. With a note from a parent, junior FF are allowed to leave school for a call (fire,EMS).
03-22-2000, 10:13 PM #10VWolfe21044Firehouse.com Guest
Jr. Firefighters and Explorers are not allowed to leave class if a call comes in. In most of the Departments around the County here the Jr. Firefighters and Explorers are not allowed to come to calls after a certain time on school nights. In my case I'm a full fleged firefighter and a senior in High School. My look upon it is that if you plan on doing this for a living at sometime during your career you'll fight all the fire you can imagine. Their is no point of leaving class for a fire unless the whole dang world is on fire and it better be for you leave class.
03-23-2000, 05:18 AM #11eng1221Firehouse.com Guest
The purpose of our cadet (explorer) program is for training only. I Try to instill the basics of the job on our young members. As far as leaving school for a run, they wont be cadets much longer. I understand their enthusiasm, but would like to see that enthusiasm put towards training. You can be a firefighter all your life, but you only get a chance at high school once.
03-30-2000, 03:37 PM #12ENGINE25Firehouse.com Guest
Junior's shouldn't be allowed to leave, i am a senior firefighter now but i did spend two years as a junior and we weren't allowed to leave school(company rule). there is no reason for you to leave, no offense to anybody but there is nothing you can do that we can't do. if we need more help, that is why there is mutial aid. you need a crew to role hose, call for an engine crew for a standy-by at one of the involved fire stations. that truck will remain available on the scene so if anything comes up, they role, don't mess up your education over 5inch hose, there will always be more
03-31-2000, 08:46 AM #13Ed MathisFirehouse.com Guest
heres my thoughts on this topic. if your department is despret for firefighters that they have to call you out than they need some sort of a job fair. i think that when your out of school than you can respond to all the calls you want but while your in school no way.
04-05-2000, 10:01 PM #14AnimalFirehouse.com Guest
having been a firefighter since age 16, I know what it's like to want to leave school and go fight, but hey, get over it
I can only remember one time where myself and other firefighters in the school got pulled from class, and that was for an extremely large wildland fire, where we had more fire than we and our mutual aid deparments knew what to do with. Although I do frown on people leaving school to run calls, I can say that it was a big help to have another 18 or 20 personnel available. Now that was probably different because we had already been through the basic firefighter courses, but hey.. it doesn't take a rocket scientist to rake a fire line :-)
04-13-2000, 07:05 PM #15fire freakFirehouse.com Guest
In our department Jrs are only allowed to leave school if it is a 2nd alarm fire or they need extra man power!!!
04-22-2000, 11:21 AM #16lebo_fire_635Firehouse.com Guest
in our town we only have 2 cadets (its a small town) when ever we get a fire call there is a siren that goes off so everyone can hear it. when the siren goes off we can not leave school unless the principle comes and gets us. and we can not leave for a ems call but sometimes get to leave for an auto accident.
04-22-2000, 04:08 PM #17FF MedleyFirehouse.com Guest
I am a senior in High school and i am the only person in the school that is a firefighter i currently have my Level 1 Card. I am only allowed to leave school during FIRE Emergencies only (Structure Fire nothing else). I had to go in front of the school board and tell them what my intentions were. So they came up with that idea.
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05-04-2000, 10:03 PM #18JgassertFirehouse.com Guest
I'm not in the Fire Dept. yet, i'm only turning 16 in June '00 but many of my friends are memebers. I'll refer to everyone as "we" even though i'm not there yet...but...We are allowed to carry pagers which are set to the regular tones. As long as you aren't failing any of the four major subjects you are permitted to leave (Juniors and Seniors hold what are called "gold cards" that allow them to leave school for calls, lunch, or any other reason...). EMT's are even permitted to leave for an emergency transfer as long as there isn't anyone else available.
05-09-2000, 12:24 AM #19SCAFDEXPFirehouse.com Guest
In my post, we are not allowed to respond to any call during school hours. All explorers in my post are issued pagers and may respond to any other calls, with the exception of mutual-aid runs, at any other time, provided he/she has completed their probationary period(6 months.) I do carry my pager at school, and the faculty are ok with that. They all know what I do and they respect that. They look at my tone pager different than a real pager because it is not for personal use.
05-13-2000, 04:12 PM #20unit25-53Firehouse.com Guest
In my high school, I suppose we can be pulled out of classes, but only when we are short on man power or there is an extremely LARGE 10-70 somewhere... However, even under Indiana Law, F/Fs may carry their pagers anywhere, our school refuses to accept this...(to put it bluntly, they are stuck in the 1800s.)To my knowledge we have been pulled out once, it was a wildland fire, with many, many acres ablaze.
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