I agree, but it doesn't change the fact that he was authorized to perform those operations. Also, he didn't die performing fire operations. He died riding his bike to the station. I guess children riding bikes is dangerous too.
14 years old and placed in an IDLH environment...
I can see your arguement now, so I will "head it off at the pass"..
Even being an "exterior" firefighter, you are still in an IDLH environment.
You might be out of the smoke... until the wind shifts.
You might be on a hose line on the outside and consider yourself safe... until the wall collapses on top of you.
You might be in a cold zone at a hazmat operation.. until you find out that the chemical you thought you were dealing with is not what you think it is an a hell of a lot nastier.. and you find yourself exposed to potentially toxic levels.
You might be directing traffic at an accidenr scene.. until someone driving OUI or chatting on the cell phone drives right into the "pretty flashing lights" and runs you down.
I am going to say it here, and may be flamed for it... but it has to be said...
Any fire chief who would allow a 14 year old anywhere near a fireground as a "firefighter" should be brought up on charges of child endangerment.