Gear courtesy of TECGEN Xtreme
The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program recently reached its 5th anniversary. Thanks to support from Spartan Motors, Inc., the program launched at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, MD, on July 28, 2007. To celebrate this milestone, the NVFC held a drawing for five sets of non-structural turnout gear for junior firefighters and five $100 grants for junior firefighter programs. Winners were selected on August 1.
The following five junior firefighters will each receive one set of custom fit non-structural turnout gear, generously donated by TECGEN Xtreme:
• Alex Boutin, Connecticut
• Steven Carney, New Jersey
• Justin Deyber, Pennsylvania
• Lewis Loftin, South Carolina
• Nicole Wahlers, New York
The following five departments were selected to receive a $100 grant for their junior firefighter program:
• Deale (MD) Volunteer Fire Department
• Madison Park (NJ) Volunteer Fire Department
• Lando (SC) Volunteer Fire Department
• Devola (OH) Volunteer Fire Company
• Washington (NJ) Emergency Squad
Since the program began, over 4,000 junior firefighters and program advisors from 50 states and two Canadian provinces have registered with the program. Junior firefighters have logged over 185,000 hours through the online hour-tracking tool. The NVFC has given away six national awards honoring exemplary junior firefighters and local junior firefighter programs, given $200,000 in grants and scholarships, filmed a recruitment video for local departments, and trained the future of the fire service through three National Junior Firefighter Academies.
The NVFC has also introduced a Junior Member level to provide the benefits of NVFC membership to future first responders. Every day, new department leaders and youth use the resources and tools from the National Junior Firefighter Program to find activity ideas, learn about fire prevention and safety outreach, log activity hours, connect with other departments, and market their local program.
The National Junior Firefighter Program continues to grow, with support from sponsors Spartan Motors, Tyco International, and California Casualty, and partners such as TECGEN Xtreme and MSA. Find out more at www.nvfc.org/juniors.
About the NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. The NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program provides departments and youth with the resources, tools, and information they need to help develop, grow, enhance, promote, and participate in a local junior firefighter program. The program addresses retention and recruitment challenges by getting youth involved in the fire and emergency services, thus fostering a lifelong connection with the emergency services that will continue throughout their adulthood. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.
About TECGEN XTREME
TECGEN XTREME® Wildland/Technical Rescue garments are made with a TECGEN® high density fiber blend and para-aramid in a comfortable and durable construction. TECGEN® fiber is a patented, inherently flame resistant fiber providing advanced heat and flame protection capabilities. This technology allows us to develop fabrics that offer high levels of thermal protection (TPP) and breathability (THL) when traditionally one is compromised for the other. Visit tecgenxtreme.com to learn more about the advanced technology used in TECGEN XTREME® garments.