The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Junior Firefighter Handbook provides steps for starting, maintaining, and expanding a junior firefighter program.
Junior Firefighter Handbook, 2nd Edition (Released August 2016)
Source: NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program
Starting a youth program may seem like a daunting task, requiring a large amount of time and dedication by a core group of your department/organization's leadership and members who are interested. However, starting a program does not need to be a burden. In fact, the program can be a benefit to help you find a new stream of volunteers that will be the backbone of your department for years to come. The National Junior Firefighter Program's Junior Firefighter Program Starter Kit is a step-by-step guide to how to lauch (or re-launch) a program in your department, including links to more resources for additional information. Click here to download the Starter Kit (.pdf).
Starting, maintaining, and growing a 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 Sponsorship Toolkit will help you get the funding you need to get your program started, or to maintain and grow your existing program.
Customize this PowerPoint presentation for your local department. Utilize the presentation to reach out to local high schools and other youth groups. NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program presentation
View the Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association video promoting junior firefighting on Long Island, New York. The Association brings together almost 40 programs throughout the region.
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The National Volunteer Fire Council offers a variety of hands-on and on-site training opportunties. Find out more about upcoming events and access webinars, guides, and other resources from the NVFC.
Sample Parental Consent Form - Modify this form for use in your department. You should consult your department's legal counsel, insurance carrier, and state association regarding specific policies in your department and laws in your state.
The NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program has partnered with IntelliCorps Records Inc. to provide departments with an economical way to conduct background screenings for junior firefighter program advisors. Conducting background checks on new applicants and members can be a vital component of mitigating liability and risks associated with having a non-operational volunteer program in your fire department. Through this special benefit, NVFC Department Members receive a 50 percent savings on background screening products and solutions. Click here to take advantage of this benefit.
Each state has different regulations and laws concerning the activities in which youth fire service volunteers are allowed to participate. Information can generally be found by visiting your state's Department of Labor and investigating child labor laws. Your state fire association or State Fire Marshal's office is also a good source for information.
Download the National Junior Firefighter Program brochure to reach your audience:
Find outreach materials to share with younger Spanish-speaking children in your community at www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/children.html.
The sample documents below can be adapted for your department to help you implement and maintain your junior firefighter program.
There are a variety of operational and non-operational activities for junior firefighters, from fire prevention and safety education, to hands-on training, to fundraising events. These activities have been provided by departments and organizations nationwide.