i was at work and the pager went off and my boss told me if i leave he would fire me. can he legally do this. is there a law that help the vol firefighters.

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No law in MS that I know of bro. Back before I got on with the fire district, when I used to work at NAPA. My boss knew I was a vol when he hired me. Most of the calls I just listened to on the radio, but if it was a big enough call and the manpower was lacking he'd let me go providing the store wasn't balls to the wall busy. Sometimes he was even nice enough to leave me on the clock. Hopefully you can figure something out or work a deal with your boss, like maybe seeing if he'll let you go for just house fires or something?
I see your problem and I understand it. However not saying that you don't but consider your priorities. Making money for yourself and family at you job....or volunteering. Now I understand the volunteer point of view because I am one. However if I can't leave work for a call I'm not going to worry about it because work is a little higher priority when I'm on my shift. I can fight all the fires I want to when I'm off. So like I said just something to consider.
as far as i know, the only thing that can protect you from losing your job is if you're out all night with your FD fighting a fire or something of that nature, and you would call off work the next day. but as far as leaving work to go on a call, i would understand your boss' concern. however, with his permission to leave, i don't see why he would fire you. my suggestion would be to talk to you boss about leaving work if a real emergency is present. explain to him that during daytime hours it's hard for a volunteer dept to crew trucks because everyone is at work. maybe he'll reconsider the next time you want to leave work for an emergency. keep in mind though he may not pay you if you leave work for an emergency.
I will admit , we are lucky at my dept. Where we have alot of people here while im working. However I dont take my radio to work with me again...priorities. What ever happens while im away will be taken care of without me being there, the patient will be cared for , the fire will be extinguished , the extrication will be completed. OK so its a small Dept. not alot of people available during the day, mutual aid will be available. Just my thought... TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF , AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER CHOPPY 2808 SHFD.
I was told that in Ohio if your late to work because you were on a call your employer cant disipline you. But they have the right to keep you at work if the pager goes off.
Have been through this with my boss as i work in my county but am twp chief. depends on where im working if i can go or not. Sometimes i think my boss wold let his house burn down before he would let me go. I take alot of heat sometimes but thats as far as it goes.I have to use sick time to get paid if i miss or leave i try not to push the issue much so i can leave when i have to.
Tim,
You are correct about Ohio Law.

Dottie,
It is still his/her prerogative to keep you at work. Just the way it is.
I manage a company that (1) employs alot of volunteer firefighters, and (2) works for customers in their homes. Most of our management team are volunteer firefighters in one jurisdiction or another. This is not just a "cash register" issue. If the 11 employees all leave their job sites to go chase a fire, i have 6 dissatisfied customers. Considering that most of my customer jobs are opened, serviced, and closed within 72-96 hours, the loss of even one work day is terribly disruptive to scheduling and customer service. I understand the "boss's house" arguement. However, if we all allow work to take a backseat to our volunteer committments, alot of "bosses" are going to lose their business. Guess you then have all the time you want to respond to fire.

Have to admit that I find it ironic that a person will call off work because they were on a fire the night before. That same person will stay at the fire station all day watching news reports of the fire, cleaning equipment, telling war stories, etc becuase they were "too tired" to go to work.
If I call off work the next morning (or the night before if I'm working third shift) it's because I'm damned tired and wouldn't be functional at work.

I agree that if you spend all day at the hall when you called in sick because of a fire the night before, you shouldn't be at the hall.

Me personally, I'm in my bed and if I'm away, it's only because my brain's still wound up from the fire. My body wants to SLEEP! =)
Search your states House Bills, in Ohio we have House Bill 203 which protects volunteer emergency responders' jobs if they are late for or miss work due to being dispatched to an emergency call. Their employer does not have to pay them for this missed time and can require them to make that time up but they cannot be terminated. This bill, however, does not grant the employee the right to leave his/her work place to respond to emergency calls.
Kentucky Law is much the same.. if a Person is called to an Emergency before he/she goes to work or misses work you cannot be fired or punished.. but your employer does not have to pay you for your time away.. and can require you to make up lost time.. However as far as leaving the job to go to an Emergency I dont believe that you can do that without being punished.
However Federal law and state laws are two diffrent animals
When I was working for the US Dept of Defense you were not allowed to leave your post ( with good reason) untill properly relieved furthermore you were not to be late to work as that rule did not apply.

Basically in a nutshell if your not sure about your states laws and You have to think about it more than once you probably ought not do it

Sgt. Bobby J. King
Firefighter/EMT/EMD
Madison County Div of Emergency Services
same in pa

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