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Visit the NVFC at Upcoming Trade Shows

Will you or members of your department be attending a state or national trade show this year? If so, make sure to stop by the NVFC booth, where you can find information about all of the NVFC’s programs, including the National Junior Firefighter Program, our healthy and safety initiatives, and training opportunities. 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.

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Get Ready for National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It demonstrates to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. This is an excellent time to show your junior firefighters how much they mean to your department, while letting your community know how they can help. Find ideas for planning your junior firefighter program’s National Volunteer Week activities here.

National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light since 1974, has thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Click here for more information. Find more activity ideas from the National Junior Firefighter Program at

2015 Youth Preparedness Council Application Period Now Open

FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness. Anyone between the ages of 13 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Applications must be received by March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST. Find out more and apply today at

New Incentive Reward: Challenge Coins

The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program is excited to announce a new incentive reward level. At 1,000 volunteer hours, registered junior firefighters and Explorers who are NVFC Junior Members will receive a National Junior Firefighter Program challenge coin. The new incentive reward level was made possible by Spartan Motors, Inc. (

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The College Track: University of Maryland

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.

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Honor an Exceptional Junior Firefighter or Youth Program with National Award

Your junior firefighters work hard for your department all year long. Your community benefits from the fire prevention outreach, departmental support, and youth development that is provided by your local junior firefighter program, cadet program, or Explorer Post. Honor these outstanding contributions to the junior fire service by submitting a nomination for the Junior Firefighter of the Year or Junior Firefighter Program of the Year awards at Both awards are sponsored by Tyco.

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NVFC Hosts 4th Annual National Junior Firefighter Academy at Scott Safety

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.

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My Place is Fire

By Christine Griffiths

Reprinted from Talk, the blog of The Nature Conservancy

“Some people feel a connection to their hometown or birthplace. For me, my place is fire. It’s a heartfelt connection to the land and the renewal and healing properties that fire brings to the landscape and the people who depend on it for food, water, and even recreation. It’s ancient, primitive.” — Jeremy Bailey, The Nature Conservancy’s associate director of fire training.

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FEMA Unveils National Strategy to Strengthen Youth Preparedness

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced a new strategy to educate young people about disaster prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. The National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education: Empowering, Educating, and Building Resilience (National Strategy) pairs attention to emergency and disaster preparedness with community action that focuses specifically on youth readiness for disasters and related events.

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NVFC Releases Junior Firefighter Program Liability and Safety Webinar

Thousands of fire departments nationwide have junior firefighter programs, which allow teens to serve their community while learning about the fire service. These programs serve as an excellent recruitment tool for departments and a fun, educational after-school activity for youth. However, departments are continually faced with keeping junior firefighters safe and following all state, national, and local laws, while allowing them training opportunities to prepare them to be future firefighters.

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