FAQs


Questions about the National Junior Firefighter Program, starting a local program, or becoming a junior firefighter? Answers to frequently asked questions are below. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact us at juniors@nvfc.org or 1-888-ASK-NVFC.

The National Junior Firefighter program supports fire, rescue, and EMS organizations nationwide in developing, growing, and promoting programs that encourage participation by youth within their organizations. Our national program provides departments with the resources needed to start or expand their own program and offers junior firefighters the opportunity to track their own hours, access resources and information, and compare their hours to other junior firefighters across the nation.

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). Visit the Department tab for more resources and information.

The National Junior Firefighter Program is open to fire, rescue, and EMS departments/organizations who wish to promote their existing program or start a program from scratch. Our web site provides a searchable database where your department can be listed by registering your program. You can submit your existing program or start a program from scratch by using our resources as a guide. Joining our database allows potential junior firefighters to easily locate your department and find out what they need to do in order to join. Be sure to encourage your existing junior firefighters to register and log in their hours. Click register in the top right corner of this page to get started.

Yes, absolutely. You can add your program’s profile to our database to participate in the National Junior Firefighter program and enable your post’s existing youth members to participate in our program simultaneously. Your members will be able to register for our online system, log their hours, and utilitze tools and resources on the web site.

While the National Junior Firefighter Program does not advocate junior firefighters participating in operational activities, departments should check with their current insurance provider on what is required for youth who are present on your organization’s property, regardless of how they are involved. Typically, a waiver that includes a full disclosure of risks will release you from liability should someone be injured. This form should be signed by the parent or legal guardian of the youth participant. An example waiver is downloadable under the Sample Documents section of the Department Resources page on this site, but it is always in your best interest to check with your insurance provider directly, as well as with the appropriate legal counsel, before you start the program or change any existing requirements.

The ages of participation vary by your local department, based on their local and state requirements, and other factors. The age ranges are typically listed in the online profile of the organization’s program within our search system, although, in some cases, you may need to contact them directly.

The overall program requirements are different from organization to organization, but generally you must be in good academic standing with your school (‘C’ average in coursework); fulfill the minimum age requirements as outlined by the participating organization; be able to participate the minimum number of hours each month (typically at least one four-hour block monthly, although individual programs have specific date/time requirements); and have your parent’s or guardian’s written permission to participate. Once you contact a local participating organization, they will give you a full overview of their specific program, including individual requirements.

The National Junior Firefighter Program provides an online system you can use to log in your hours of service with your local junior firefighter program. To register for the National Junior Firefighter Program, click on the Register Junior button in the top right corner and follow the instructions to create your profile. Your department must be registered with the National Junior Firefighter Program in order for you to use the online system. If you department is not currently registered, ask your program coordinator to register the program. There is no cost to join or participate in the National Junior Firefighter Program. If you are not currently a member of a local junior firefighter program, use the search feature on the right of this screen to locate a program near you.

Our web site offers a searchable database of many existing known youth programs in local fire, rescue, and EMS departments across the nation. You may search the database by department name, zip code, or full state name to find a program near you. Once you locate a program, simply contact the program directly. Once you are a junior firefighter, return to this site to register with the National Junior Firefighter Program. You will then be able to keep track of your hours and receive rewards at certain milestones. If you are unable to find a youth participation program in your area, contact your local department to find out if they have an unlisted program.

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