City of Charlottesville, VA Fire
|Chapter:||IV - General Administration|
The Fire Explorer Post shall provide support to the Fire Department of Charlottesville and assistance to the citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The Explorer Post shall provide a program of career awareness, career development, and support of the District and Council activities of the Boy Scouts of America.
A. Establish training standards to insure that all members are thoroughly familiar with established fire operations that are used by the local jurisdiction.
B. Provide information and trips to facilities so that mem- bers can see first hand about various fire service careers.
C. Instruct members in the employment process, interviewing skills, and proper ways of preparing for the hiring pro- cess.
D. Participate in District and Council scouting activities.
E. Assist the Department in fire prevention, fire inspection, and public assistance programs.
F. Provide a program that incorporates the six (6) experience areas of a well rounded Explorer program: career, fitness, citizenship, social, and outdoor.
To provide a career awareness program in the fire service field for all young adults in the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle. The program shall be offered to those young adults who sixteen (16) years old up to their twenty-first (21) birthday.
A. The Fire Explorer Program is a career awareness program through the Explorer division of the Boy Scouts of America.
B. The Charlottesville Fire Explorer Program is located within the Monticello District of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council.
C. The Fire Explorer Program is supported by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) who must approve a program prior to implementation.
D. The Charlottesville Fire Explorer Program is open to all young adults sixteen (16) years old up to their twenty-first (21) birthday.
A. The Charlottesville Fire Explorer program supplemented Captain and Lieutenant in place of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer for post officer designation. (see chart)
B. Meetings shall be held twice a month on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesday.
C. There shall be one Advisor appointed by the sponsoring organization and people interested in assisting the advisor shall be appointed as Associate Advisors.
D. All persons appointed as Advisor and Associate Advisors shall have background checks and attend child abuse training provided by the Scouting Council or District prior to their appointment.
E. The Advisor and all Associate Advisors must be twenty-one (21) years of age.
A. An Explorer must have a release form signed by his/her parents or legal guardian upon acceptance to the Post.
B. Explorers will be issued department uniforms - one (l) winter and one (l) summer uniform.
C. Explorers will be furnished with proper safety equip- ment (i.e., coat, helmet, gloves, boots).
D. Explorers must conform to the rules and regulations of the sponsoring department as well as the visitation policy set forth by the Explorer Post.
E. The Explorer Post will follow the guidelines for the fire service as stipulated in the Worker's Compensation Law for the State of Virginia.
l. Age group l4 to l6 - will not be allowed on the fireground or to ride any apparatus or vehicles. May participate with station duties.
2. Age group l6 to l8 - may respond to fires, ride apparatus and vehicles but may not enter a burning structure for either training or actual fire situations. May assist in support activities on the fireground.
3. Age group l8 to 2l - may respond to fires, participate in fireground activities, may enter burning structure, and respond on apparatus and vehicles.
F. Explorers may not drive fire apparatus.
G. Explorers are not to be used to make up staffing shortages.
H. Explorers are not to be used as a labor force.
I. Explorers shall be closely supervised when involved with emergency work.
J. Only trained Explorers will be allowed to respond in Fire Department apparatus and vehicles.
K. Explorers may be mobilized by the department when needed for emergencies.
A. All Explorers will participate in training established by NFPA Standard l00l and the State of Virginia Office of Fire Programs.
B. All Explorers shall have Fire Fighter I training and certification prior to riding apparatus on alarms.
1. All Explorers must attain Fire Fighter I eighteen (18) months after joining the post.
C. All Explorers shall continue to move up in their training and maintain their present training levels.
D. Explorers are encouraged to attend shift training classes and practical evolutions.
E. Explorers are encouraged to participate in college level fire science classes and will be allowed to attend classes away from the department.
A. Support activities that explorers may conduct or assist conducting are:
1. Fire hydrant inspections.
2. Pre-fire planning.
3. Fire prevention, public fire education, and public assistance programs.
4. Team assisting in station duties and vehicle upkeep.
5. Assisting incident commander on large emergencies.
7. Filling self-contained breathing apparatus.
8. Testing apparatus.
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