SELBYVILLE — The Selbyville Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) shared their district welcomed incoming juniors for the Selbyville Junior VFD.
The Selbyville VFD announced the approval of reinstating the Selbyville Junior VFD on Thursday, July 7 during their monthly meeting. Children ages 9-years-old and below were welcomed to join with a waiver signed by a parent or guardian; this age group will be considered Mascots. Auxiliary members will range between the ages of 10 and 15, while the third age group, 16 and 17-year-olds, are considered Juniors.
The Selbyville Junior Fire Department will operate in a professional manner in conjunction with their own set of bylaws.
As Mascots, children will be able to attend meetings without the ability to vote on any business that is discussed. However, they will attend fundraising events and special trips planned be the active members.
The Auxiliary group will be able to vote and discuss normal business during their monthly meeting and attend, along with fundraising events and special trips, but not participate in training sessions.
The Junior group will be able to do all of the above-mentioned items and will be permitted to participate in regular firefighter training, as the W.Va. Fire Marshal allows.
As members reach the age of 18, they are permitted to roll over into the regular fire department with all their training previously completed. They will operate with their own elected staff, such as president, secretary and treasurer.
Overseeing all events will be two male supervisors and two female supervisors. Supervisors will make sure all business and events remain professional and abide by all rules and regulations set forth by the Fire Marshal.
With the reinstatement of the Selbyville Junior VFD, a special meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 to discuss the Junior bylaws to edit and update prior to the first official meeting of the Selbyville Junior VFD, scheduled for Friday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Junior Fire Departments are to follow West Virginia State Code as well. Information obtained from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office reports the following information on Junior Firefighters and was deemed effective as of Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
If a 10 to 15-year-old wants to volunteer as a firefighter:
• DO have a valid age certificate on file with the Chief - this can be obtained from your school.
• DO have the minor’s parent (or legal guardian) written consent.
• DO enroll, participate, and complete Firefighter I training conducted by the West Virginia Fire Service Training Program of West Virginia University, RESA, or the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office; and
• DO work under the direct supervision and control of trained and qualified fire protection personnel.
The Junior Firefighter, if wearing proper PPE [Personal Protective Equiptment], may:
• DO training conducted by the West Virginia Fire Service Training Program of West Virginia University, RESA, or the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.
• DO first aid at a scene at a safe distance from any building or structure.
• DO cleanup service at the scene of a fire, BUT outside the structure only, AND ONLY after the fire has been declared by the official in charge to be under control; and/or
• DO provide coffee and food service at the fire scene if needed, BUT ONLY outside of the structure and a safe distance from the structure.
The Junior Firefighter cannot:
• DO NOT operate pumps or high-pressure hoses of any fire vehicle while at the scene of a fire.
• DO NOT drive any fire apparatus ambulance or other fire vehicle; and/or operate red lights, siren or an audible signal in responding to an alarm on their own personal vehicles or any other vehicle.
• DO NOT operate an aerial ladder, aerial platform or hydraulic jack at a fire scene.
• DO NOT use or assist in the use of rubber electrical gloves; insulated wire gloves; insulated wire cutters; life nets; acetylene cutting units; K-12 power saws; air chisels; porta-powers; hydraulic rescue tools; or other equipment related to rescue and fire operations at a fire scene; 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 official in charge has obtained permission from the minor’s school principal.
This list is not intended to be an all-inclusive listing of all do’s and don’ts permitted by law for Junior Firefighters. Common sense should be used at all times by the line officers supervising the Junior Firefighters. Fighting fire has been designated as a dangerous activity by the law, and should be treated as such, with special concern as to the safety of Junior Firefighters.
If you have a question on what is allowed or 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 has been taken from W.Va. Code § 21-6-2 and the West Virginia Division of Labor’s Rules concerning Child Labor. W.Va. Code R. §42-9-12.