Launch will grant leave to eligible employees who are members of volunteer fire departments or ambulance squads to provide assistance in a declared State of Emergency. This leave is paid for up to 5 days. After 5 days, employees may use their accrued vacation/personal time if they wish to be paid for this leave. When practicable, this leave should be requested within 24 hours of the need for leave and should be scheduled in advance with the employee’s supervisor. Employees will be required to submit documentation of their volunteer status prior to the leave being approved. Upon return from this leave, the School may require a notarized statement from the Head of the fire department or ambulance squad indicating the time served performing the volunteer duties related to the State of Emergency.