Ward and June are proud when Beaver is elected as his grammar school class's Junior Fire Chief for Fire Prevention Week until he starts taking his honorary position a little too seriously.

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Miss Landers' class is conducting another civic project, this time on fire prevention, and as such the class must elect a junior fire chief. Perpetual follower but never leader Beaver isn't planning on running until his parents talk him into it, telling him that it is good for him to want to be leader sometimes. Despite Wally thinking Beaver too nice a guy to be elected, the class does vote him junior fire chief. When the class learns that only the class with the best project will be able to go the the fire hall for a field trip, Beaver, goaded on by the other kids in his class about the importance of the job, hands out citation after citation, not only to his family, but to others around the neighborhood. In the process, he is also yelling and screaming at everyone to gain their respect. Although they admire his conscientiousness, Ward and June want Beaver to learn that he is taking things a little too far. This lesson, however, is one he will have to learn on his own. Written by Huggo

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In this episode, Wally says that his class will leave a gift to Mayfield High School "from the Class of 1962". However, by the time the series ends slightly more than two full seasons later, Wally and his friends will be in the Class of 1963, a point made clear by the inscription on Wally's graduation-present watch in the 6th season episode "The All-Night Party". See more »

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Miss Alice Landers: And now, boys and girls, between now and tomorrow I want you to think about who would make our best Junior Fire Chief, and who you're going to vote for. Yes, Richard.
Richard Rickover: My grandfather was in the San Francisco Fire.
Miss Alice Landers: Oh, well he must have told you some very interesting stories.
Richard Rickover: Oh no, ma'am. He'd already croaked before I knew him.
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If the chief is the boss that means he gets to push people around, right?
17 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Miss Landers announces a new project on fire prevention, but first they need to elect a junior fire chief. Everyone wants Beaver's vote; and they all believe they each have Beaver's vote in the bag, even the obnoxious Penny flirts with him for a vote. When Beaver mentions the project at home, his family encourages him to run. Beaver isn't keen on running, but when he tells his friends he's in, they all get behind him. And Beaver wins. One of the requirements for all the kids is to hand out citations when they find a fire hazard, the class that hands out the most citations will get a chance to go to the fire station for real.

Unfortunately, Beaver begins to take the job too seriously and starts handing out citations to his father, his mom, and even Wally gets one for standing in a puddle while washing the car: he might get electrocuted. Then Ward get a call from a new neighbor, and June has an outraged parent on her hands also, both a tad upset that Beaver has given them citations. June wants Ward to talk to Beaver, but Ward believes Beaver has to learn this lesson on his own. Beaver discusses his enthusiasm with Gus the fireman, and he tells Gus how he has been handing out citations and even yelling at people. Gus gives Beaver some solid advice on what it means to wear a fireman's badge, and the importance of being able to work with people to help them understand safety.

Miss Landers asks the class to report on how it went, everyone is proud of how many citations they have handed out, and the numbers keep increasing as they go around the room. Miss Landers says she has already heard about how successful Beaver has been with citations. But Beaver's announces he threw all his citations away. He found it was better to work with people to understand safety then yell at them and make them angry. Miss Landers is proud of Beaver, claiming he really learned what it meant to be a chief. Nonetheless, Penny claims she would have been a better fire chief.

There is also a minor subplot about Wally. Wally is on the dance committee; his job is to find an orchestra with a budget of $18.00.

When I was a kid, one of my dad's friends was a policeman. Everyone called him "Wild Bill." Eventually, I just asked him how he came by that nickname. I had thought perhaps it was because of his ability with a gun. No, it was because during his first week on the force, he gave out more tickets than any other officer had given out in a year. He learned how to be a great policeman, but the nickname stuck for his entire career, even when he eventually made captain.


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