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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Unfortunately, most employers don't tolerate leaving the workplace to attend a fire. Like The Moyers says, when you begin a job, discuss the volunteer situation, and the head honcho may be sympathetic. However, whether it's a right-to-work state or not, if you leave work, without the owner/manager's permission, you can be terminated.

With the current job environment the way it is -- turn off your pager or scanner when you're at work. Your #1 priority is providing for your family.

Lou
Amen, Lou.
In Alabama, you are not supposed to be disciplined for being late or not coming in at all because you where on a call, don't know about leaving work. That's mostly left up to the individual employer.
In Tennessee you can be late for work with "getting in trouble" but if you call in and say "I'm at a fire" you could be fired for other reasons. Once at work you have to stay there, it's like oldman said the vollie department don't put food on the table.
It sounds like a situation where your state, county or local laws will dictate the actions that can or will occur. It would be great if all vollies could just leave when they need to or have a call, unfortunately there is the employers side as well. Im sure that they need your productivity...Sounds like a situation where there needs to be a "sit down" with the employee and employer both before getting hired, or after being hired and then starting in the fire service. It sounds like a very tough situation to be in. I hope it can be worked out.
In Il. if population is under 3000 you can leave our work with out being fired state law . the Key is population under 3000 I live in a town of 6000 + it dose not cover me we have a state senator that is a Vol firefighter and he pushed the law through.
An employer can fire a volunteer firefighter work for leaving for a dispatched alarm. Some states have laws that protect volunteer firefighters who were at a fire prior to their start time and were late or missed work.
The short of it is .. your heart is in the right place....
but your boss is right.....

The long of it is....Not sure what state you are in... but if you work locally enough to respond then , work out a deal with the boss for extreme working fires...
And yes I believe any boss that sees you leave to work somewhere else, and your shift is not done.... well they can not count on you... and whether or not the job you are going to is a paid or unpaid job.... you are leaving them unstaffed.....somewhere else.
I am a union worker, and I can get fired for being off the job... but at least I will have a union rep to cry on his shoulders, because even though I felt running to a fire to help someone is obviously more important...just like many of us...
A boss says he has his own responsibilities and they ... need to count on you... that's why they hired you.... because his customers count on him and you for being there and that is what they are paying for...

Now SHould the house be your own or your family memebers .. well then that is a familly emergency... and be ready to show proof of that...because if you have proof it's your immediate family...
YOU and your Family comes first as a volunteer. (No boss can blame you....and how often is that going to happen)
Next comes your abilty to provide for your family... pay your bills, take care of everyone medically.
maybe 1 or 2 more priorities..
Then come being a volunteer....

Gary ... like I said you have your heart in the right place... but always take care of you and your families abiltity to survive..
God bless and take care
MY THING IS I WORK AT A NURSING HOME AND OWE CITY FIRE IS VOL AND IF WE HAVE A FIRE HERE MY BOSS WOULD WANT THE FIRE DEMP TO BE THERE THEY ALL WORK FULL TIME JOBS JUST LIKE ME AND IF THERE BOSSES DONT LET THEM LEAVE WHAT DO WE DO AT THE NURSING HOME.
First off I am with you when it comes to leaving work for calls I believe most people (like I can not leave my job because I am a nurse and would put peoples lives in jepordy by leaving that is why I say MOST because there are some jobs that people should not leave) should be allowed to leave without penalty of losing their job, I have had jobs in the past that I left for calls and even had employers who paid me while I was gone, but that being said, remember your boss can fire you for any reason at anytime, even if the reason is made up to cover himself so he does not get in trouble if there is a law. So becareful when trying to leave if they already made threats.
IM NOT A NURSE OR CNA I DO MAINTENANCE WORK AND THERE ARE 3 OF US AND WHEN MY BOSS HIRED ME HE TOLD ME I COULD LEIVE FOR A FIRE CALL THATS WHY I DONT KNOW WHY HE SAID IT.
I know here in ILLINOIS you can not be fired if you are at a fire before you are supposed to be at work but you cannot leave your job unless you have permision. They passed this law a few years ago, but you have to have a letter from your chief.

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