Nassau County Junior Firefighter’s Association Celebrates 10th Anniversary

June 29, 2016

NVFC staff attended monument unveiling ceremony

On May 15, over 350 junior firefighters, program leaders, parents, local officials, and other supporters gathered in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Nassau County Junior Firefighter’s Association. At the ceremony, a monument to the Association was unveiled. Rachel Buczynski, manager of the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program, was on hand to congratulate the group and present a certificate of achievement on behalf of the NVFC.

The Association was started in 2006 as a way to strengthen the County’s individual junior firefighter programs and has grown to include over a thousand youth (ages 12-17) from 41 junior firefighter programs. Junior firefighters are elected by their peers to serve as Association officers, running meetings and setting the course for the organization. The group also hosts an annual summer training camp, conducts fire safety and fire prevention outreach, fundraises for their activities, and participates in community-wide events. Nassau County consists of the western half of Long Island, just outside of New York City. All of the County’s 71 departments are volunteer.

“I’m very proud of what this organization has become and what we’ve built today,” said the Association’s chairman, Jerry Presta, who has been with the group since the beginning and currently serves as Chairman.

The monument to the Association was the outcome of years of fundraising and planning. It was paid for by donations from local companies and area fire departments. The monument features the Association logo, the names of the participating departments, and two statues of junior firefighters gazing upon the logo. It sits in the 930-acre Eisenhower Park, which also includes memorials to the victims of September 11, 2001, Nassau County firefighters who perished responding to the World Trade Center on September 11, U.S. veterans, and Nassau County firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

“On behalf of the NVFC, I thank you for your service to your community as well as the example you set for programs nationwide,” Buczynski said during the ceremony. “The Nassau County Junior Firefighter’s Association is an outstanding example of what we can accomplish when we join together for the benefit of the volunteer fire and emergency services.”

Congratulations to the Nassau County Junior Firefighter’s Association on reaching this milestone! Find out more about the Nassau County Junior Firefighter’s Association. Connect with the Association on Facebook. Click here to learn how to connect with other departments in your region.

NVFC Program Manager Rachel Buczynski stands with the Nassau County Junior Firefighter’s Association Officers and Chairman Jerry Presta