Juniors, tell me your jobs
Different companies have different rules and duties for their junior firefighters. What kind of stuff do you other juniors do?
In my company, the juniors make most of the calls. We can ride first engine out, pull hose and get equipment, gear up, and handle the hydrant etc... We can also operate the radio if we have to. The only way this happens in my company is that their are 5 juniors and 12 Certified guys, a total of 17 members. So we are very important and take on more responsibility.
what we do? everything...
The Juniors at my department are probably some of the most dedicated. We are constantly drilling to improve our knowledge and to get better at things so that we can be a huge help at a fire scene. We're allowed to ride any piece of apparatus, but if a junior is on the truck, and the truck is full and another Senior member comes to the station, the Junior must give up their seat on the truck to let the senior member get on the truck. That's never happened to me though. Usually I make first engine out due to the fact of me getting to the firehall first almost all the time. When I'm on the engine, I'm usually told to grab a portable and be ready to hit a hydrant if needed. I also always let our maskmen know how much air pressure they have in their air bottle before they leave the truck, cause they can't tell by themselves due to us having jumpseats on our truck, they never see the back of the bottle with the pressure gauge. Once on scene, I can pretty much do anything but go inside a burning building. I can grab preconnect off the truck and do an outside attack on the fire, or use the deck gun on our engine. I've also helped maskmen change bottles and ran to get empty bottles refilled with air while on scene. If a hazardous situation exsists such as a chemical fire, I'm allowed to mask up and have an air tank on, but I'm still not allowed to go into a burning building. The mask would just be to protect me from the harmful chemicals in the air. That's only happened once at our department before. But pretty much, I and the rest of the juniors at our department can do anything but enter a burning structure, or ventilate on top of a burning structure. We still do mask drills inside of an empty upstairs building we have at our firehall. The Chief will make simulations and have a smoke machine going and he'll put obstacles such as tables and pretty much anything that we might have to axe our way through, etc, just to make it realistic. We do drills like climbing ladders onto roofs and setting up a roof ladder as if we were going to ventilate. We will be pretty much ready to maskup for calls the day we turn 18.
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