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Time to Spring Forward – and Check Smoke Alarm Batteries

Daylight Savings Time begins March 9, and as communities prepare to “spring ahead” one hour, junior firefighters can work with their department to use this opportunity to remind residents to stay fire safe by changing their smoke alarm batteries. Alkaline batteries should be replaced at least once a year, and a good rule of thumb is to change the batteries when you change your clocks.

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Plan Now for National Volunteer Week, April 6-12

National Volunteer Week is a just over a month away and provides a great opportunity to show your junior firefighters how much they mean to your department and community. It is also an excellent time to promote volunteerism in the community and recruit new volunteers for your department.

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Register Now for the Training the Next Generation Workshop on Long Island

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) recently developed a four-hour workshop for junior firefighter program advisors and other department leadership. The Training the Next Generation Workshop was created to enhance the skill set of fire department administration and junior firefighter program advisors in the leadership and management of their junior firefighter program. The course will be delivered live on Saturday, March 15, at the Jericho (NY) Fire Department.

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Junior Firefighter Success Story: Ashley Wilson

The National Junior Firefighter Program has offered a variety of resources, tools, and initiatives for junior firefighters and their departments in the six years since the program’s inception. In 2008-2009, the National Junior Firefighter Program administered a scholarship and department grant program, which honored 20 junior firefighters and 20 departments across the nation. One of these outstanding junior firefighters was Ashley Wilson, from Clayton, DE. Ashley recently contacted the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to share her success story, building on her experiences as a junior firefighter and the assistance she received through the National Junior Firefighter Program.

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Training the Next Generation Course and Resources Now Available Online

The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Training the Next Generation Workshop, a four-part advisor training developed through a Fire Prevention and Safety grant, is now available on-demand on the NVFC’s training web site.

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Junior Firefighters Nationwide Log Over 200,000 Volunteer Hours

The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program has reached another milestone! Junior firefighters have now logged over 200,000 volunteer hours through the program’s online hour tracking tool since the program’s inception in 2007. These hours include time spent learning valuable skills through training, strengthening their communities through fire prevention and safety outreach, and raising much-needed funds for their departments, among other activities. The NVFC thanks these dedicated juniors for their contribution to the fire service!

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NVFC Offers Free Training for Junior Firefighter Program Advisors

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has developed a four-hour workshop for junior firefighter program advisors and other department leadership. The Training the Next Generation Workshop was created to enhance the skills of fire department administration and junior firefighter program advisors in the leadership and management of their junior firefighter program.

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NVFC Presents Day of Junior Firefighter Training 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 November 16 at the Scott Safety headquarters in Monroe, NC. Academy attendees participated in a full day of product demos, a facility tour, and hands-on training drills.

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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. Both awards are sponsored by Tyco.

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Time to Change your Clocks and Batteries!

Football season is in full swing and pumpkin-flavored treats are available everywhere, which means that autumn is here ‒ and it will soon be time to “fall back” one hour. Sunday, November 3, at 2am is the official end of Daylight Savings Time for most of the United States. Departments can use this time to remind residents to stay fire safe by changing their smoke alarm batteries.

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