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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

43 P.S. 40.7(b)

Summary Title

Scope of Practice: Minor Volunteer between the Age of 13-16

Summary

An emergency service volunteer, who is at least 13 but younger than 16, can only participate in training, first aid, clean up, and serving food and beverages at the scene of a fire after the fire is declared to be under control. They cannot participate in operating high pressure hose lines or ascending ladders unless it takes place during training.

Full Title

Minors serving in volunteer emergency service organizations

Full Text

(b) ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS.— In addition to the limitations set forth under subsection (a), the activities of individuals more than 13 years of age and less than 16 years of age shall be further limited as follows: (1) An individual who is more than 13 years of age and less than 16 years of age shall only be permitted to perform the following activities: (i) Training. (ii) First aid. (iii) Cleanup service at the scene of a fire, outside the structure and after the fire has been declared by the fire official in charge to be under control. (iv) Serving food and beverages. (2) An individual who is more than 13 years of age and less than 16 years of age may not do any of the following: (i) Operate high pressure hose lines except during training activities. A high pressure hose line is any water hose used for fire suppression with a pressure greater than 150 psi, any air hose with a pressure greater than 100 psi and any hydraulic hose used for rescue tools with a pressure greater than 1,000 psi. (ii) Ascend ladders except during training activities.