Starting, maintaining, and growing a youth program in your department can seem like a challenge – especially securing the funding, grants, and sponsors to make it work. But with creativity and the support of local organizations, you can make it a reality. The National Junior Firefighter Program Sponsorship Toolkit will help you secure the funding you need to get your program started, or to maintain and grow your existing program. Find more resources for junior firefighter programs at www.nvfc.org/juniors/resources/resources-for-departments.
The National Junior Firefighter Program profiles a college or university in each issue of the E-news that offers degree programs in fire service-related fields. Find a listing of hundreds of schools nationwide on the National Junior Firefighter Program web site.
Name: Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC)
Location: Kansas City, KS
City Population: 150,000
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has announced the winners of its annual awards recognizing achievement in the junior fire service, sponsored by Tyco. A special banquet to honor the recipients of the Junior Firefighter of the Year and Junior Firefighter Program of the Year awards will take place during the NVFC’s Spring Meeting on May 6, 2016, in Alexandria, VA.read more »
The Warren County (NC) Junior Firefighters/Fire Explorer Post 672 is gearing up for the Warren County Junior Firefighter Competition this Saturday, April 30. This will be the sixth year that the group has brought together dozens of competitors from multiple states for a hands-on training day.read more »
By Alex Avila
It’s the middle of a gorgeous day in Kennewick, WA. The sun is shining, the springtime air is warm, and I’m standing here watching 25 high-school students coming together to practice putting out a car fire. They work with the discipline and focus of experienced firefighters 10 years their senior. There’s an outstanding cohesion, and a genuine delight, to the way these students organize themselves to complete the task at hand. It’s a level of teamwork you rarely see outside an actual department. Their instructor, Nathan Allington, guides them lightly, occasionally shouting out a reminder or an instruction to keep the teens on point, but for the most part this class works like a high-functioning machine. It’s amazing, really.read more »
Registered National Junior Firefighters whose departments are NVFC Department Members are featured in the Junior Firefighter E-news and on the National Junior Firefighter Program web site when they reach 150 hours of volunteer service with the program. Click here for more information. Learn more about NVFC membership at www.nvfc.org/BeYourBest. Thank you Tyler, Garron, and Michael for your outstanding work and your exemplary dedication to your community!
- Tyler A., North Carolina – Tyler joined his program in 2014 and plans to be a firefighter and EMT in the future. Read his full profile here .
- Garron D., North Carolina – A junior firefighter since 2012, Garron is the Captain of his Explorer post and says his role model is his grandfather. Learn more about Garron and what he’s learned as a junior firefighter.
- Michael M., Delaware – Michael joined his department in 2015 after hearing about junior firefighting from a neighbor. Learn more about Michael here.
The next PrepareAthon! National Day of Action is this Saturday, April 30. Your junior firefighter program can use this opportunity to engage community members to prepare for emergencies as well as to help make sure your department is ready to respond. Find resources to plan and promote your events on the America’s PrepareAThon! web site, including 10 ways to participate.
The National Junior Firefighter Program offers a training video filmed at the National Junior Firefighter Academy at Scott Safety in November 2015. Junior firefighters and program leaders can view the drills from the Academy and get ideas for how to implement them in their own department. Featured drills include training on EMS, ropes, confined space, and thermal imaging cameras, as well as a mini Scott Combat Challenge. Watch now. Find more training and activity ideas for junior firefighter programs at www.nvfc.org/juniors/resources/resources-for-departments.
Registered National Junior Firefighters whose departments are NVFC Department Members are featured in the Junior Firefighter E-news and on the National Junior Firefighter Program web site when they reach 150 hours of volunteer service with the program. Click here for more information. Learn more about NVFC membership at www.nvfc.org/BeYourBest. Thank you Michael for your outstanding work and your exemplary dedication to your community!read more »