Same in NJ. All of those in the US must remember that there are child labor laws that restrict activities of Juniors. Juniors can operate power tools during drills but can't operate hydraulics for example. It is kind of crazy and sometimes does not make sense. Juniors are explorers of the field. They should not be doing anything significant at a live fire/rescue scene...EVER!
PA actually has a DOH issued rescue tech cert? What are the requirements? NJ still has no recognized universal cert for tech rescue. Can you point me in the direction of some literature or internet links in this regard?
Don't you mean, before you can fight ANY fires? Car fires are dangerous too, as are brush fires as well. Your juniors are allowed to fight fires at all? I would be hesitant to let them extinguish a chimnea fire. But then again, open burning is allowed in Norf Cackalackee!