By Jerry Presta, Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association Chairman
During the last week of July, 45 junior firefighters and Explorers from 22 different fire companies participated in the second annual Nassau Juniors Fire Camp Fahrenheit 516. The annual event is designed to give participants a hands-on experience with the same training that “probies” go through.read more »
Name: Thomas P.
How did you find out about your junior firefighter/Explorer program?
I've been an Explorer for the past 4 to 5 years. I came from a large department in one county, and when I moved to a new county I got in touch with my friend’s dad and he invited me, so I joined.
NVFC staff attended monument unveiling ceremony
On May 15, over 350 junior firefighters, program leaders, parents, local officials, and other supporters gathered in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Nassau County Junior Firefighter’s Association. At the ceremony, a monument to the Association was unveiled. Rachel Buczynski, manager of the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program, was on hand to congratulate the group and present a certificate of achievement on behalf of the NVFC.read more »
Summer just started and already junior firefighters nationwide have been busy participating in training camps, academies, and competitions. These programs help youth fire service members enhance their skill set in fun, safe environments, while meeting other juniors from near and far. Here are just a few of the trainings that have taken place recently. View a listing of camps and other opportunities near you.read more »
By Jonathan Scripp
There are some fire departments that don’t let their juniors do many firefighting activities, such as throwing ladders, stretching line, or hitting a hydrant - the basic skills every firefighter should have. At my company, we look at juniors as the future of our department. They are involved in meetings, drills, hall rentals, cleaning - everything a senior member can do at the station, a junior member can too (within state and local regulations, of course!).read more »