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Update Your Junior Program Information for the New School Year

The new school year is about to start, making it a great time to update your individual and program information in the National Junior Firefighter Program database. Have some of your juniors graduated your program? Do you have new recruits joining your group? Any email addresses or phone numbers changed? Take a moment to double-check your information and make any necessary updates at Please send any deletions to the National Junior Firefighter Program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call Rachel Buczynski, NVFC Program Manager, at 202-887-5700 x116 with questions.

Make Plans Now for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11

Fire Prevention Week is coming up on October 5-11, and now is the time to start planning your activities. Make sure your junior firefighter program or Explorer Post takes advantage of this opportunity to spread important fire prevention and safety messages and information in your community and schools. The theme for this year’s event is: “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month.”

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ACLS Medical Training Scholarship Program

You are already dedicating your life to helping those in need. Why not do something to help yourself?

The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Medical Training Scholarship Program is accepting essay applications for their 2014 scholarship, which will grant one winner with a $1,000 unrestricted scholarship. Any high school senior or college student is eligible to apply.

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Featured Junior Firefighter: Alek H.

Registered National Junior Firefighters who are also NVFC 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. Find out more at Become an NVFC Junior Member at

Name: Alek H.
State: Ohio
Junior Firefighter Since: September 2013

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Apply for a Scholarship to Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern University (CSU) has partnered with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to offer two scholarships to NVFC members. Each scholarship covers 100% of tuition for up to two years towards any degree program from CSU, a premier online university.

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Looking for Funding? Check out the National Junior Firefighter Program’s Sponsorship Toolkit

Starting, maintaining, and growing a junior firefighter 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, thanks to support from Tyco, has released a Sponsorship Toolkit to help you get the funding you need to administer and grow your local program.

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Tyco and Spartan Motors Renew Their Support for National Junior Firefighter Program

Sponsorships provide Academies, awards, incentive rewards, and more

Two long-time National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) partners have renewed their support of the NVFC’s National Junior Firefighter Program. Tyco and Spartan Motors, Inc. will provide funding for hands-on training, a national awards program, incentive rewards, outreach, and more over the course of the next year.

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Get Ready for Safety and Health Week

Junior firefighter programs give youth the opportunity to learn about the fire service in a safe environment. Each year, you train the new recruits to use a hose, don PPE, use equipment, and more so that they will be ready to be firefighters and EMTs when they are old enough. Safe and proper training now creates a safer and better prepared fire service in the future.

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NFPA Announces 2015 Firewise Calendar Art and Photo Contest

Calendar theme aimed at youth and wildfire safety

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise Communities Program has announced its 2015 Firewise Calendar art/photo contest and invites young artists, between the ages of 6-18, to submit their drawing or photo of a project that highlights wildfire safety or an activity/event that helps keep wildland firefighters safer. The deadline to submit artwork is June 2, 2014.

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PrepareAthon! National Day of Action April 30

The White House, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Weather Channel, and other national and regional organizations have announced the first PrepareAthon! national day of action. This campaign will take place April 30, and focuses on four specific hazards: tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and hurricanes. Junior firefighters can work with their advisor and other department members to help educate and prepare their community.

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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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