The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program, in partnership with Scott Safety and Tyco, presented the National Junior Firefighter Academy on October 25 at the Scott Safety headquarters in Monroe, NC. For the fourth year in a row, Academy attendees participated in a full day of product demos, a facility tour, and hands-on training drills.
By Christine Griffiths
Reprinted from Talk, the blog of The Nature Conservancy
“Some people feel a connection to their hometown or birthplace. For me, my place is fire. It’s a heartfelt connection to the land and the renewal and healing properties that fire brings to the landscape and the people who depend on it for food, water, and even recreation. It’s ancient, primitive.” — Jeremy Bailey, The Nature Conservancy’s associate director of fire training.
Thousands of fire departments nationwide have junior firefighter programs, which allow teens to serve their community while learning about the fire service. These programs serve as an excellent recruitment tool for departments and a fun, educational after-school activity for youth. However, departments are continually faced with keeping junior firefighters safe and following all state, national, and local laws, while allowing them training opportunities to prepare them to be future firefighters.