The Delta Record | Selbyville VFD welcomes Junior Fire Department

SELBYVILLE – The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) shared that their district welcomed incoming juniors for the Selbyville Junior VFD.

The Selbyville VFD announced the approval of the reinstatement of the Selbyville Junior VFD on Thursday July 7 at its monthly meeting. Children aged 9 and under were asked to join on a waiver signed by a parent or guardian; this age group will be considered mascots. Auxiliary members will be between the ages of 10 and 15, while the third age group, 16 and 17, is considered junior.

The Selbyville Junior Fire Department will operate professionally in conjunction with its own set of regulations.

As mascots, children will be able to attend meetings without being able to vote on the matters discussed. However, they will attend fundraising events and special trips planned by active members.

The auxiliary group will be able to vote and discuss current business at their monthly meeting and attend, as well as fundraising events and special trips, but will not participate in training sessions.

The junior group will be able to do all of the above and will be permitted to participate in regular firefighter training as permitted by Fire Marshal W.Va.

When members turn 18, they are allowed to transfer to the regular fire service with all of their training already completed. They will operate with their own elected staff, such as the President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Supervision of all events will be provided by two male supervisors and two female supervisors. Supervisors will ensure that all activities and events remain professional and adhere to all rules and regulations established by the Fire Marshal.

With the reinstatement of the Selbyville Junior VFD, a special meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 to discuss junior regulations to be amended and updated prior to the first official meeting of the Selbyville Junior VFD, scheduled for Friday, August 5. at 6:30 p.m.

Junior fire departments must also follow the West Virginia state code. Information obtained from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office reports the following information for junior firefighters and was deemed effective as of Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Junior firefighters

If a 10 to 15 year old wants to become a volunteer firefighter:

• Have a valid age certificate on file with the leader – you can get this from your school.

• HAVE the written consent of the minor’s parent (or legal guardian).

• REGISTER, participate in, and complete Firefighter I Training provided by West Virginia University of West Virginia Fire Services Training Program, RESA, or the State Fire Marshal’s Office of West Virginia; and

• WORK under the direct supervision and control of trained and qualified fire protection personnel.

The junior firefighter, if wearing the appropriate PPE [Personal Protective Equiptment]may:

• DO training conducted by the West Virginia University Fire Department Training Program, RESA, or the West Virginia State Office of the Fire Marshal.

• PROVIDE first aid on the scene at a safe distance from any building or structure.

• PERFORM a cleaning service at the scene of a fire, BUT only outside the structure, AND ONLY after the fire has been declared under control by the responsible officer; and or

• Provide coffee and food service at the fire scene if required, BUT ONLY outside the structure and a safe distance from the structure.

The young firefighter cannot:

• DO NOT operate a fire vehicle’s pumps or high pressure hoses while at the scene of a fire.

• DO NOT drive an ambulance or other fire fighting vehicle; and/or operate red lights, a siren or a sound signal in response to an alarm on their own personal vehicle or any other vehicle.

• DO NOT USE an aerial ladder, aerial platform or hydraulic jack at the scene of a fire.

• DO NOT use or help to use rubber electrical gloves; insulated wire gloves; insulated wire cutters; rescue nets; acetylene cutting units; K-12 power saws; pneumatic chisels; porta-powers; hydraulic rescue tools; or any other equipment related to rescue and fire operations at the scene of a fire; and or

• DO NOT enter a burning structure.

A junior firefighter may only respond to a fire while school is in session or during school hours if the fire chief has obtained permission from the principal of the minor’s school.

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all do’s and don’ts allowed by law for junior firefighters. Common sense should be used at all times by senior officers supervising junior firefighters. Firefighting has been designated as a hazardous activity by law and should be treated as such, with particular attention to the safety of junior firefighters.

If you have a question about what is or is not allowed, and it is not specifically included in this list, please contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (304) 558-2191.

This information is taken from W.Va. Code § 21-6-2 and the West Virginia Division of Labor rules regarding child labor. W.Va. Code R. §42-9-12.