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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

43 P.S. 40.7(a)

Summary Title

Scope of Practice: Minor Volunteer between the Age of 14-18

Summary

An emergency service volunteer, who is at least 14 but younger than 18, can participate in all training and activities except: (1) Operating a truck, ambulance, or other official fire vehicle (2) Operating an aerial ladder, aerial platform, or hydraulic jack (3) Using rubber electrical gloves, insulated wire gloves, insulated wire cutters, life nets, or acetylene cutting units (4) Operating the pump of a fire vehicle at the scene of a fire (5) Entering a burning structure under any circumstance including during a training (6) Engage in firefighting activities, unless they are at least 16, have completed all relevant training, and are under direct supervision of the fire chief

Full Title

Minors serving in volunteer emergency service organizations

Full Text

(a) GENERAL RULE.— An individual who is 14 years of age or older who is a member of a volunteer emergency service organization may participate in training and emergency service activities except as follows: (1) A minor may not operate a truck, ambulance or other official fire vehicle. (2) A minor may not operate an aerial ladder, aerial platform or hydraulic jack. (3) A minor may not use rubber electrical gloves, insulated wire gloves, insulated wire cutters, life nets or acetylene cutting units. (4) A minor may not operate the pump of a fire vehicle while at the scene of a fire. (5) A minor may not enter a burning structure under any circumstance including a training exercise. (6) A minor may not engage in firefighting activities unless all of the following apply: (i) The minor is 16 years of age or older. (ii) The minor has successfully completed a course of training equal to the standards for basic firefighting established by the State Fire Commissioner and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (iii) The minor is under the direct supervision and control of the fire chief, an experienced line officer or a designated forest fire warden.