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Resource Highlight: Connecting with Audiences in Other Languages

The National Junior Firefighter Program now features a collection of resources in multiple languages in its Department Resources section. Download the National Junior Firefighter Program brochure in English, Spanish, French, or German, plus find links to fire prevention and safety resources in other languages from other organizations. This resource list will continue to grow – if your department has a tool or information in a foreign language you would like to share with other departments, please contact Rachel Buczynski, Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

New Feature: Request Incentive Rewards for your Junior Firefighters

To better serve our members, the National Junior Firefighter Program now has an online form for junior firefighter program advisors and department leaders to request incentive rewards as their junior firefighters achieve volunteer hour benchmarks. NVFC Junior Members and Department Members are eligible for awards. Incentive rewards are typically shipped within two weeks of the request date, but departments can request delivery by a certain date if needed. Requests can be submitted for up to three junior firefighters at a time. Access the form by logging in to your account and clicking the link on the landing page.

Featured Junior Firefighter: Justin E.

Registered National Junior Firefighters who are National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Junior Members or 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.

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Visit the NVFC at FRI

Will you or members of your department be at Fire-Rescue International this August in Atlanta, GA? If so, make sure to come see the NVFC at booth #2042, where you can find information about all of the NVFC’s programs, including our healthy and safety initiatives, training opportunities, and the National Junior Firefighter Program. Copies of the recently released National Junior Firefighter Program Sponsorship Toolkit will be available and NVFC staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Find a full list of NVFC events at www.nvfc.org/news-archive/calendar.

The College Track: Utah Valley University

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: Utah Valley University (UVU)
Location: Orem, UT
City Population: 91,000
Fire Service Degree Programs: Certificates in Firefighter Recruit Candidate, Paramedic, and Aviation Fire Officer; Associate of Science in Emergency Services; Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Services for Fire Officer, Emergency Care, Wildland Fire Management, and Aviation Fire Officer; and Bachelor of Science degrees in Emergency Services Administration for Emergency Care and Emergency Management
Student Body Population: 40,000
Features: UVU's service region includes Utah, Wasatch, and Summit counties; the school also offers many courses (and complete degrees) online. UVU is home to the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy as well as the Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security.
Web site: www.uvu.edu

NVFC Honors Junior and Junior Firefighter Program with National Awards

On April 17, as part of the National Volunteer Fire Council's (NVFC) spring meeting, two outstanding representatives of the junior fire service were honored with a national award. James Thomas "Jimmy" Johnson was named Junior Firefighter of the Year and Hedgesville 4-H Junior Volunteer Fire Company received the Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award during an awards banquet in Alexandria, VA. Both awards were made possible by support from Tyco.

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Benefits of Having a Junior Firefighter Program

By Chief Jeff Cash

Throughout my years in the fire service, I have heard comments from both sides of the spectrum concerning junior firefighter programs. Although the majority of the comments are positive, I do periodically receive offerings of constructive criticism. It is important we give careful consideration to the criticism so that we can overcome the challenges and build successful programs. By focusing on the benefits local junior firefighter programs bring to departments, we can educate those who may not yet see the big picture in its entirety.

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Create a Culture of Safety in your Junior Firefighter Program

Junior firefighter programs are working today to prepare the first responders of tomorrow. Focusing on the importance of safety and health with your junior firefighters will create a stronger fire service in the future. From June 14-20, International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, sponsored by the National Volunteer Fire Council and International Association of Fire Chiefs, will focus on Creating a Culture of Safety. Involve your junior firefighters in your department's Safety and Health Week activities to help them embrace this culture before they ever step foot on the fireground.

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Visit the NVFC at FDIC

Will you or members of your department be at FDIC this week (now through April 25 in Indianapolis, IN)? If so, make sure to come see the NVFC at booth #13073, where you can find information about all of the NVFC’s programs, including our healthy and safety initiatives, training opportunities, and the National Junior Firefighter Program. Copies of the recently released National Junior Firefighter Program Sponsorship Toolkit will be available and NVFC staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Find a full list of upcoming NVFC events at www.nvfc.org/news-archive/calendar.

The College Track: Greenville (SC) Technical College

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: Greenville Technical College
Location: Greenville, SC

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Rineyville Fire Dept.

The Junior program consist of a maximum of 10 juniors. It is run by 2 members of the fire department. They attend and receive training in preparation to transition into a volunteer. It also introduces...

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