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.
Almost 70 youth and program advisors attended the Academy. New this year, three junior firefighters received scholarships to help cover travel expenses to attend the Academy. This year’s recipients were Caleb Elliott from the Pleasant View (MO) Fire Protection District, Michael Mendoza from the Austin (TX) Fire Department, and Joshua Terry from the Ridgeway (NC) Volunteer Fire Department.
“The Academy provides an excellent opportunity for youth and advisors to share ideas, learn new drills, and make connections with firefighters from other departments,” said Greg Gatlin, former firefighter and manager of major accounts for Scott Safety. “We really enjoy participating in the NVFC Junior Firefighter Academy. This event is a great way for Scott Safety and Tyco to give back to our customer community and help juniors learn more about the important work and role of fire and emergency services.”
One of the highlights to this year’s Academy was a visit from the Carolinas HealthCare System MedCenter Air helicopter where the crew demonstrated emergency life flight operations. Junior firefighters also participated in equipment demos, a Scott Safety facility tour, and hands-on training drills that included the following:
- Vehicle Extrication – Cadets were shown proper techniques in lifting a vehicle off of a victim.
- Thermal Imaging – Using a Scott thermal imaging camera, cadets learned how to search a building as they worked in teams to find a simulated fire in a dark room.
- EMS – Cadets discovered proper EMS techniques in patient removal from a simulated traffic accident.
- Forcible Entry Drill – Cadets studied techniques for forcible entry and how to rescue a victim.
- Combat Challenge – Cadets participated in a modified mini combat challenge drill that tested their strength and teamwork skills.
Scott Safety staff and volunteers from local departments were crucial to the success of the event. The Monroe (NC) Fire Department was on hand to display an American flag, and firefighters from Monroe and other area departments helped lead the drills. The NVFC is grateful for the ongoing support of Tyco and Scott Safety, and for the participation of all of this year’s attendees.
Stay tuned to the National Junior Firefighter Program web site for future training dates and locations. For information on hosting an Academy at your department or training facility, visit www.nvfc.org/training/education/in-person-workshops.