The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program, in partnership with Scott Safety and Tyco, offered the National Junior Firefighter Academy on November 14 at the Scott Safety headquarters in Monroe, NC. For the fifth year in a row, Academy attendees participated in a full day of educational activities, including a facility tour, hands-on training drills, and a special SWAT demonstration.
Over 70 youth, program advisors, staff, and volunteers from 4 states were at the Academy. Junior firefighters participated in a Scott Safety facility tour plus hands-on training drills including:
- Thermal Imaging – Using a Scott thermal imaging camera, junior firefighters learned how to search a building as they worked in teams to find a simulated fire in a dark room.
- EMS – Juniors learned proper EMS techniques in preparing a patient for transport following an injury.
- Ropes – After a lesson on ropes and knot-tying, juniors got to practice a simulated high rise rescue situation by harnessing into a rope system and being raised and lowered by an aerial ladder truck.
- Confined space – Junior firefighters practiced maneuvering through confined spaces in full gear.
- Combat Challenge – Youth participated in a modified mini Scott Combat Challenge drill that tested their strength and teamwork skills.
One of the highlights at this year’s Academy was a visit from the Monroe Police Department (MPD), who presented a SWAT demonstration to the group. MPD explained how police and fire work together on scenes such as car wrecks, forcible entry, and hazmat situations. They demonstrated the safety gear that they wear and use and explained the difference between the Scott Safety facemasks firefighters use and the facemasks used by police. They ended by deploying a ‘flash bang’ to demonstrate how they distract suspects when trying to enter a building or disperse a crowd.
Scott Safety staff and volunteers from local departments, including the Monroe Fire Department and Police Department, were crucial to the success of the event. 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.
About the National Volunteer Fire Council
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, training, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. The NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program provides departments and youth with the resources, tools, and information they need to help develop, grow, enhance, promote, and participate in a local junior firefighter program. The program addresses retention and recruitment challenges by getting youth involved in the fire and emergency services, thus fostering a lifelong connection with the emergency services that will continue throughout their adulthood. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.
Tyco is the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security company. Tyco provides more than three million customers around the globe with the latest fire protection and security products and services. A company with $10+ billion in annual revenue, Tyco has over 57,000 employees in more than 900 locations across 50 countries serving various end markets, including commercial, institutional, governmental, retail, industrial, energy, residential and small business. For more information, visit www.tyco.com.
About Scott Safety
Scott Safety, a business unit of Tyco, is a premier manufacturer of innovative respiratory and other personal protective equipment and safety devices for fire and rescue services, industrial workers, police, military, and civil defense organizations around the world. With six global manufacturing locations, Scott Safety produces products that protect thousands of individuals each day. The Scott product line includes Air Pak SCBA, thermal imaging cameras, supplied air and air-purifying respirators, gas and flame detection instruments, air compressors, accountability systems, and communications systems. Find out more at www.scottsafety.com.