Resources for Junior Firefighters

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 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.


Across the country, hundreds of colleges and universities offer degrees related to the fire and emergencies services, such as fire science, fire engineering, emergency management, and emergency medicine. Below is a list of schools which offer similar degrees. The list is arranged in alphabetical order by state, with online only degree listings at the end. If you know of other colleges or universities which should be added to the list, please let us know by sending an email to with the school name, location, and web address.


This resource contains links to organizations with listed scholarships. Through these links, over 150 scholarships are available. Most of the scholarships are for college students studying fire engineering, fire protection, fire safety, or emergency medical services. However, a few scholarships are available for children of current, retired, or deceased firefighters-regardless of the students’ major area of study.


Every year, a number of fire departments and related organizations across the nation host junior firefighter and Explorer camps. The activities at each camp vary, but usually include a great deal of teamwork and learning what it takes to become a firefighter. If you or someone you know may be interested in attending one of the camps, you can find more information below by searching under your region.


As a junior firefighter, you are preparing for a lifetime of involvement in a physically demanding field. The choices you make can benefit you now and in the future. Why? Because healthy habits, including eating right and being physically active, can help you feel good, look good, and do your best in school, work, junior firefighting, and sports. Starting healthy habits now might also help you prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke, and some cancers when you are older.

Now is the time to take charge of your health. Making even small changes for the better will help you look and feel your best!


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