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.

Core Competencies for the Junior Fire Service

National Junior Firefighter Academy

Online Training for Juniors and Advisors

National Fire Academy

Core Competencies for the Junior Fire Service

Core Competencies for the Junior Fire Service was developed by the NVFC to address the need for safe, functional, and effective training exercises for junior firefighters. This guide outlines key skills junior firefighters will need as they look forward to their futures in the fire service, followed by step-by-step training drills. Footage from case studies conducted by the NVFC during research for this publication can be accessed below:

Cherryville Fire Department
East Norwich Fire Company No. 1
Los Angeles County Fire Department Stations 3 and 54
Soldier Township Fire Department

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National Junior Firefighter Academy

The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Academy is a hands-on training event featuring classroom and hands-on activities for junior firefighters and program advisors. Current courses are listed below; stay tuned to this web site for additional event dates.


There are no Junior Firefighter Academies currently scheduled. Please stay tuned to this web site for information on future academies.

Past events:

Click on the location to read a recap of the event!

November 2015 – Scott Safety, Monroe, NC
October 2014 – Scott Safety, Monroe, NC
November 2013 – Scott Safety, Monroe, NC
November 2012 – Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA
September 2012 – Scott Safety, Monroe, NC
October 2011 – Scott Safety, Monroe, NC
July 2011 – Firehouse Expo, Baltimore, MD
July 2010 – Firehouse Expo, Baltimore, MD

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Online Training

Training the Next Generation

This workshop was developed to enhance the skill-set of the fire department administration and junior firefighter program advisors in the leadership and management of their junior firefighter program. The four modules provide information in the specific areas of leading junior firefighter programs safely and proficiently, including promoting leadership among youth, junior member standards, and behavioral health.

Take this course through the NVFC’s training platform at under the Catalog option. New students must create an account before registering.

As part of this initiative, the NVFC developed a video series that shows simple exercises that can be done around the station. Teenagers’ specific fitness needs were taken into consideration. (Remember to consult a physician before engaging in a new exercise program.)

Junior Firefighter Program Liability and Safety

Thousands of fire departments nationwide have junior firefighter programs, which allow teens to serve their community while learning about the fire service. These programs serve as an excellent recruitment tool for departments. However, departments are continually faced with keeping junior firefighters safe and following all state, national, and local laws, while allowing them training opportunities to prepare them to be future firefighters. This course reviews the five steps for managing the unknown and reducing liablity while providing youth with a a safe, fun, and educational experience. Take this course through the NVFC’s training platform at under the Catalog option. New students must create an account before registering.

Your Future in the Fire Service Webinar Series

  • Your Future in the Fire Service Overview In this video for junior firefighters or anyone interested in a future in the fire service, Nick Bailey from FDLiveIn describes fire department live-in programs, fire science degrees, career and volunteer opportunities in the fire and emergency services, and more. (22:27)
  • Former Junior Profile: Michelle Detwiler – This episode features health educator Michelle Detwiler of L&T Health and Fitness describing the impact of junior firefighting on her current success. (12:24)

Access additional online trainings at

Training for juniors, program advisors, Fire Corps teams and more is available in person and online. Visit for more information and for dates of events the NVFC is hosting or will be attending.

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National Fire Academy

The National Fire Academy’s Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) is an intensive 6-day educational opportunity designed specifically for volunteer and combination department emergency services personnel. Junior firefighters ages 16-18 are eligible to attend these courses as long as they are accompanied at all times by their legal guardian. Visit for more information.

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