Estherville Student Firefighter Program! We are looking for 4-5 local students from 16-18 yrs. of age to join the Estherville Fire Department. This is a great opportunity to get some RealWorld experience in what being a firefighter is all about. You will get to participate in things like emergency situations, monthly trainings, and community events! So, if you are interested in joining this program come down to the fire station on any Tuesday night at 7pm to pick up an application. Please take a look at the information below.
Generally, student firefighter programs provide the Operational Guideline and the skills needed for any high school student to prepare themselves to become a regular firefighter in any volunteer or career fire department.
Each applicant should meet the following criteria.
1. Complete the membership application and the Parents’ Consent.
2. Must be 16 years of age and have at least started 11th grade to join and can participate until graduation of high school.
3. Must maintain at least a “C” average through tenth grade and throughout the rest of the program.
4. Provide character references from two teachers.
5. Remain directly under adult supervision.
6. Never be left 1-on-one with an adult.
7. Will need to pass a firefighter physical and fit test, that will be provided by the department.
8. Be able to follow strict orders.
Preferred Duties of the Student Firefighter:
Each Student Firefighter:
1. Should attend training (second Tuesday every month) and membership meetings (last Wednesday of every month)
2. May attend all work nights, in house training session and any Fire Department activity.
3. May be able to assist the firefighters with regular maintenance of station facilities, equipment and apparatus.
4. May operate the Fire Department’s apparatus (i.e. pump apparatus, equipment set-up, etc.) during a supervised (non-incident alarm) training session.
5. May respond to emergency incident scenes, except those listed in the Non-Preferred Section of these guidelines, under the following conditions:
a. When permitted to respond to the emergency incident scene, the Student Firefighter responsibility should be of a support nature only.
b. The Student Firefighter should be prohibited from responding directly to any incident scene. All Student Firefighter should report (non-emergency) to the station first. Only upon request of the Incident Commander, Chief Officer or Station Officer (and directly under adult supervision), should the Student Firefighter respond to any incident scene.
c. The Student Firefighter response may be in a personal vehicle, department vehicle or department apparatus, provided the department vehicle or apparatus is not considered to be the first initial attack vehicle or apparatus arriving on the incident scene.
d. The Student Firefighter should be utilized as support personnel on scenes as long as they operate outside a minimum safety zone area during incidents.
e. Student Firefighter must participate in the following activities:
I. Hose testing
II. Sweet Corn Days activities
III. MDA Boot Block
IV. Annual Pancake Breakfast
V. Fire Prevention Classes
1. No Student Firefighter should be allowed to respond directly to any incident scene. Unless ok’d by Incident Command.
2. No Student Firefighter should be allowed to:
a. Participate on any entry team while at the scene of a working structure fire or while conducting a live fire burn training exercise.
b. Participate on any entry team at a vehicle fire.
c. Participate in any offensive fire attack at natural ground cover fires.
d. Participate at any hazardous material or pollution spill incident.
e. Participate at any emergency rescue or emergency medical incident.
3. No Student Firefighter should be allowed to operate any emergency vehicle owned or used by the fire department on any public thoroughfare
4. No Student Firefighter should be authorized to have or install any emergency light or siren on their personal vehicle.
Course Training Subjects:
As a guideline, the following course outline should be the first step of the training levels as established b this department and as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association.
3. Building Construction
4. Fire Dynamics
5. Fire Fighter Personal Protective Equipment
6. Portable Fire Extinguishers
7. Ropes and Knots
8. Ground Ladders
9. Forcible Entry
10. Structural Search and Rescue
11. Tactical Ventilation
12. Fire Hose
13. Hose Operation and Hose Streams
14. Fire Suppression
16. First Aid
17. NIMS- ICS 100, 200, 700
18. Hazmat Operations
All Student Firefighter should be required to operate under the accepted operating guidelines of this department. Failure to accept or adhere to any guideline as established should be just cause for disciplinary action in the form of suspension or termination as a member of this Student Firefighter program.