Minors In The Fire Service


PA CODE § 11.67. Training and fire fighting.

 (a)  Minors who are members of a volunteer fire company, including all classifications of membership, may participate in training and firefighting activities in compliance with the following:

   (1)  Drivers of trucks, ambulances or other official vehicles shall be 18 years of age.

   (2)  Minors 17 years of age who have successfully completed a course of training equal to the standards for basic firefighting established by the Department of Education may engage in general firefighting activities, provided such minors are under the direct supervision and control of the fire chief or a trained, experienced officer over 21 years of age, except minors may not do the following:

     (i)   Operate an aerial ladder, aerial platform, hydraulic jack or high pressure hose.

     (ii)   Ascend ladders.

     (iii)   Use rubber electrical gloves, insulated wire gloves, insulated wire cutters, life nets or acetylene cutting units.

     (iv)   Enter a burning structure.

   (3)  The activities of minors 16 years of age at the scene of a fire shall be limited to the following:

     (i)   First aid.

     (ii)   Clean-up service outside of the structure after the fire has been declared by the fire official in charge to be under control.

   (4)  Activities of minors 14 and 15 years of age shall be limited to the following:

     (i)   Training.

     (ii)   Cleaning and storing of equipment.

   (5)  Minors 14 and 15 years of age may not do the following:

     (i)   Ride an official vehicle to the scene of a fire.

     (ii)   Participate in any fire fighting activities.

 (b)  All existing provisions of the Child Labor Law (43 P. S. § §  41�65.) and the regulations affecting the employment of minors shall be applicable in all cases, including the requirement for employment certificates and the limitations on hours of employment.


   The provisions of this §  11.67 added July 22, 1971, 1 Pa.B. 1652, amended May 5, 1972, 2 Pa.B. 813. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (8278).

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