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BETSY LAYNE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER BY-LAWS
APRIL 25, 2016
ARTICLE I. JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER INTRODUCTION & PURPOSE
Section A. Becoming involved in the emergency service field is a great way to give back to your community. Both paid and volunteer firefighters are needed in today’s world. By joining this JRFF program, today’s youth can get a hands-on view of what it would be like to work in the firefighting field. If a junior firefighter decides to continue in the fire service after reaching the eligible age of 18 years of age, this program is designed to provide them with an early start on vital training and establish a solid foundation from which to build individual firefighting careers.
Section B. The purpose and goal of the JRFF program is to teach responsibility, camaraderie, teamwork, and leadership while, at the same time, educating the youth in both fire safety and fire prevention measures.
ARTICLE II. JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER MEMBERSHIP
Section A. Membership is limited to persons between the ages of 15 and their 18th birthday who are residents of the Betsy Layne Fire Protection District.
Subsection A. JRFF shall not be considered as active firefighters. At any time after their 18th birthday, if active membership to the fire department is requested, a JRFF shall obtain and complete another application for regular membership and submit it to a line officer prior to their meeting. If accepted, he/she will then be expected to abide by BLFPD revised by-law Article II Section F.
Section B. Membership in the JRFF program shall be volunteer.
Section C. The board of fire department line officers shall govern this program and oversee that it is carried out in a manner in which reflects well upon the department.
Subsection A. The Fire Chief shall appoint a Junior Firefighter Program Coordinator per Kentucky Fire Commission Junior Firefighter requirements.
Subsection B. Before JRFF’s can ride in an apparatus the he/she must be a JRFF that has been approved by the Board of Line Officers to be a member of the Program and the following BLFPD SOP’s must be followed:
SOP #13 Personnel must wear seatbelts at all times while a fire apparatus is in motion.
SOP #14 Designated drivers of this department will be the presently CERTIFIED firefighters with a valid Kentucky’s operator’s license.
Section D. All JRFF applications shall be accompanied with the signature of a parent or guardian. Applications are to be received by the board of line officers and members shall be voted upon during their regular meeting on the 4th Monday of the month. The applicant shall be requested to attend the officers meeting for an oral interview. The officers shall then vote to accept or reject the applicant. If the applicant is approved, he/she shall abide by the Kentucky Fire Commission Junior Firefighter Program Guidelines and the Junior Firefighter By-Laws set forth by the BLFPD JRFF Program and be placed on a six-month probation period all the while they will be receiving fire training credit for any hours taken. After the six months have passed, the applicant will again be reviewed by the committee. If received, the applicant shall be considered a full member of the BLFPD JRFF program. No one shall be restricted due to race, religion, color, or gender.
Subsection A. Any JRFF serving during a six-month probation period may be dismissed at any time by a majority opinion of the line officers.
ARTICLE III. JRFF RULES AND AMENDMENTS
Section A. A Junior Firefighter Program Coordinator (JFPC) will be appointed for the Junior Firefighter Program per Kentucky Fire Commission requirements. The JFPC will reserve the right to schedule/adjust training or activities as well as provide the fire department training supervisor with an outline of future plans regarding the program. The JFPC will also assume responsibility that a JRFF not be placed in any danger while participating with the program. The JFPC may also be asked to attend the monthly officers’ meeting to provide updates with the program.
Subsection A. JRFF's shall be attentive to their instructor at all times. In the event of an emergency call or other detail being conducted by the regular membership, they shall not be allowed to interfere with their actions. This shall also apply for the regular membership as they are also not allowed to interfere with JRFF training or activity.
Section B. To call a special meeting, all JRFF's are to be notified by mail at least five (5) days in advance.
Section C. One JRFF may be assigned to “act as a guide” for newer members as well as assist with training if necessary.
Section D. JRFF's will be issued both turnouts and communication equipment when feasible at the discretion of the JFPC or board of line officers. This includes department tee shirts, caps, or pullovers. Unit numbers will be issued once the individual is originally accepted to the JRFF program. The Kentucky Fire Commission request that JRFF’s be assigned a Firefighter Number (FFN) and be listed as “active” in the Fire Training System (FTS) for worker’s compensation purposes. JRFF’s being “active” in the FTS will not count toward the department's certification ratio.
Section E. JRFF's will be provided with a training sign-in sheet or an incident sign-in sheet upon the conclusion of each firefighter training or detail they attended. Registered users of the FTS are responsible to see that all training has been properly entered in the FTS and the fire department secretary keep an original copy on file at the station. JRFF's ranging from the age of 15 to 17 will be listed as “active” with the Kentucky Fire Commission however they will not count toward the department's certification ratio.
Section F. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are allowed on the premises.
Section G. At no time, shall the JRFF program interfere with an individual’s schoolwork. The parent/guardian reserves all right to discontinue any participation by their child if his/her grades are not kept at an adequate level.
Section H. The JRFF by-laws shall be posted at the fire station at all times.
Section I. Any JRFF causing a disturbance or conflict within the department or the JRFF program will be given one warning only. Upon second offense, he/she may be dismissed by the committee of line officers'.
Section J. A JRFF is not to use the emergency fire phone for personal business or out-going calls.
Section K. A JRFF shall not be inside the Betsy Layne Fire Dept. station unless he/she is supervised by either the JFPC, a fire dept. line officer, or a senior firefighter.
Section L. A JRFF shall not be in possession of any keys to the fire station.
Section M. JRFF's may participate in regular firefighter training at the discretion of the training supervisor so as Kentucky Fire Commission Junior Firefighter Program Guidelines are followed. They will not be placed in any danger until they at least are both adequately trained and after reaching the age of 18.
Section N. JRFF's are not to leave school to respond to any calls or fire department activities.
Section O. JRFF's are not to be in possession of any emergency lights or other emergency vehicle equipment. Only the active firefighters who have obtained a written permission from the Fire Chief will be able to legally operate a red light or siren.
Section P. JRFF's not allowed to operate any BLFPD apparatus regardless of the status of his/her operator’s license.
Section Q. If a JRFF has witnessed any troubling, disturbing, or graphic scenes, he/she is strongly encouraged to either contact a fire dept. line officer or his/her JFPC or training instructor as soon as possible to arrange for counseling as conditions may warrant.
Section R. A JRFF may be suspended or terminated from membership at the discretion of the board of line officers for, including but not limited to, suspension from school, failure to comply with academic requirements or this program’s rules and regulations, insubordination, or conduct that could be considered detrimental to the Betsy Layne Fire Department and/or BLFPD.
Section S. JRFF's may be entitled to receive incentive pay for training, special details, and activities and also abide by the guidelines set forth for the regular membership quarterly attendance taking into consideration the JRFFs' Program Policy to not respond to any incident until incident response requirements are met as described by the Kentucky Fire Commission.
Section T. JRFF's shall be invited to all fire dept. non-emergency functions including dinners, picnics, details, etc.
Section U. The Kentucky Fire Commission Junior Firefighter Program Guidelines General Requirements and Information and the above By-Laws must be followed by each JRFF. The Kentucky Fire Commission is primary and the JRFF By-Laws are secondary.
AHJ indicates Agency Having Jurisdiction
BLFPD indicates Betsy Layne Fire Protection District
CPR indicates Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
FTS indicates Fire Training System
GPA indicates Grade Point Average
IDLH indicates Immediate Danger to Life or Health
JFPC indicates Junior Firefighter Program Coordinator
JRFF indicates Junior Firefighter
PPE indicates Personal Protective Equipment (or turnout gear)
SOP indicates Standard Operating Procedures