Congratulations to Tania for reaching 150 hours of volunteer service with the program!
Name: Tania J.
Junior Firefighter Since: October 2015
How did you find out about your junior firefighter/Explorer program?
I found out through my career counselor in school.
Are you in any other clubs or organizations at school or in your community?
I am in Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. I have been in it since the beginning of my 9th grade year in 2015. My job is PAO and my rank is a Cadet Chief Petty Officer. I joined because joining the Navy is something I may want to do when I graduate high school.
Have you won any special awards in your junior firefighter program or in any other organization or club?
I won my department’s 2016 Junior Firefighter of the Year Award.
What do you consider to be the biggest accomplishment so far in your life?
Becoming a junior firefighter would be my biggest accomplishment because I've always wanted to become a firefighter.
Why did you become a junior firefighter?
I became a junior firefighter because firefighting is something I definitely want to do as a career. Firefighting also runs down in the generations of my family. I have also always had a passion for fire trucks.
What have you learned from being a junior firefighter?
I have learned many things, like how to use the fire extinguisher, how to aim at a fire, how to do CPR, and many other things.
Who is your role model and what have you learned from that person?
My role model would be my friend/firefighter Nicole. She's taught me many things about firefighting. I also have other role models but for the most part she would be it.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans after high school would be to go into the Navy and be a firefighter in it. Then retire after many years then still be a firefighter.
What would you tell someone who was interested in becoming a junior firefighter?
Join it. It's really worth it. You learn a lot of things and it'll help you with a lot.