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Questions about the National Junior Firefighter Program, starting a local program, or becoming a junior firefighter? Answers to frequently asked questions are below. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-888-ASK-NVFC.

The National Junior Firefighter program supports fire, rescue, and EMS organizations nationwide in developing, growing, and promoting programs that encourage participation by youth within their organizations. Our national program provides departments with the resources needed to start or expand their own program and offers junior firefighters the opportunity to track their own hours, access resources and information, and compare their hours to other junior firefighters across the nation. Junior firefighters who become Junior Members of the National Volunteer Fire Council are also eligible to receive rewards and recognition for their documented hours. Learn more at www.nvfc.org/membership.

The National Junior Firefighter Program offers many resources to help departments implement and grow a junior firefighter program.

  • Junior Firefighter Handbook - Developed through the NVFC’s National Junior Firefighter Program, the Handbook provides steps for starting, maintaining, and expanding a junior firefighter program. Key features of the Handbook include information on establishing a new program, recruitment and activity ideas, tips for further developing an existing program, sample documents and operating guidelines, and profiles of successful programs.
  • Marketing Ideas
  • Sample Documents
  • Forum - log in to the Forum found on the top right side of the National Junior Firefighter Program web site's home page to connect with other advisors across the country for idea sharing and support.

The National Junior Firefighter Program is open to fire, rescue, and EMS departments/organizations who wish to promote their existing program or start a program from scratch. Our web site provides a searchable database where your department can be listed by registering your program. You can submit your existing program or start a program from scratch by using our resources as a guide. Joining our database allows potential junior firefighters to easily locate your department and find out what they need to do in order to join. Be sure to encourage your existing junior firefighters to register and log in their hours.

Yes, absolutely. You can add your program's profile to our database to participate in the National Junior Firefighter program and enable your post's existing youth members to participate in our program simultaneously. Your members will be able to register for our online system, log their hours, and utilitze tools and resources on the web site.

Your department or organization can join the National Junior Firefighter Program at no cost and be listed in our database by simply registering using the link on the left navigation panel.

For additional information on implementing and marketing your program, please see our Marketing Ideas page.

While the National Junior Firefighter Program does not advocate junior firefighters participating in operational activities, departments should check with their current insurance provider on what is required for youth who are present on your organization's property, regardless of how they are involved. Typically, a waiver that includes a full disclosure of risks will release you from liability should someone be injured. This form should be signed by the parent or legal guardian of the youth participant. An example waiver is downloadable on the National Junior Firefighter program web site within the sample applications, but it is always in your best interest to check with your insurance provider directly, as well as with the appropriate legal counsel, before you start the program or change any existing requirements.

The National Junior Firefighter Program is brought to you by the National Volunteer Fire Council with support from Spartan Motors and Tyco International. The Program supports fire, rescue, and EMS organizations nationwide to develop, grow, and promote programs that encourage participation by youth within the organizations. Through our web site, you can find out how to join a local fire, rescue, or EMS organization and keep track of your hours of participation. NVFC Junior Members can also earn exciting rewards after spending a set number of hours helping the organization - find out more and join today at www.nvfc.org/membership.

The ages of participation vary by your local department, based on their local and state requirements, and other factors. The age ranges are typically listed in the online profile of the organization's program within our search system, although, in some cases, you may need to contact them directly.

The overall program requirements are different from organization to organization, but generally you must be in good academic standing with your school ('C' average in coursework); fulfill the minimum age requirements as outlined by the participating organization; be able to participate the minimum number of hours each month (typically at least one four-hour block monthly, although individual programs have specific date/time requirements); and have your parent's or guardian's written permission to participate. Once you contact a local participating organization, they will give you a full overview of their specific program, including individual requirements.

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