Resources for Departments

The National Junior Firefighter Program provides tools, resources, and information for local junior firefighter programs and junior firefighters. Check back often – new resources are added regularly. If your department has a resource or sample document you’d like to share with departments and juniors nationwide, contact us at

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.


Junior Firefighter Program Recruitment Video – Learn more about the benefit of junior firefighter programs and use this to recruit in your community!

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


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.


Parental Consent

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.

Background Checks

The NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program has partnered with JD Palatine to provide departments with an economical way to conduct background screenings for junior firefighter program advisors.


Click here for educational materials from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Find outreach materials to share with younger Spanish-speaking children in your community at

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.


A fire department live-in is an individual that receives room & board from a fire department in exchange for them staffing the apparatus and managing in-station responsibilities. The concept goes much deeper than that though, and the benefits to both the firefighter and the fire department are immeasurable.

The greatest benefit to departments is staffing. Depending on the department, that staffing can be anything from a few extra back step fire fighters, to another driver and/or officer. Furthermore, the service to the community will be greatly improved by a live-in program and the advantages of that are unlimited.

Find out more and find a local live-in program at