Well I can't speak alone for the rest of the United States, or even New York State for that matter. In my Department, one has to be at least 16 with parent permission. At that age they are restricted at what they can do. Once they reach 18 they are just like the rest of us.
wow thats really interesting
i joined when 16 as a probationary firefighter at scrubbys i got to help put them out and house fires ship stand pipes and stuff jus wasnt alowed to go into the structures
at mvas i was on road patrol. after doing my basic training im alowed to do all that now. im 18 soon ihad my first mva not so long ago.
In Stanly County, NC You Must be at least 16 years old, 16 and 17 are what they call junior firefighters. 18 and older you are a full firefighter. Of Course even if your 18 or older you still must have fireifighter 1 and 2 before entering any buring structure.
A few years ago, when the State Of New York stated one could join a fire dept at 17, we lowered our age from 18 to 17 also. If 17 and or still in High School, parents signature is required on application and all their activities are limited to 10:PM on school nights until graduation. We have picked up some excellent kids who show great promise. Ours is a volunteer dept.