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National Junior Firefighter Program Celebrates 5th Anniversary

NVFC will give away gear, grants to celebrate

Greenville, SC -- The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program has reached an important milestone this month: the 5th anniversary of the Program’s founding. Thanks to support from Spartan Motors, Inc., the program launched at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, MD, on July 28, 2007.

To celebrate this milestone, the NVFC is holding a drawing for five sets of non-structural turnout gear for junior firefighters and five $100 grants for junior firefighter programs. Junior firefighters can enter to win one of five sets of non-structural turnout gear, generously donated by TECGEN EXTREME. Departments can enter for their chance at one of five $100 grants to use for their junior firefighter programs. To enter, departments and juniors must be registered with the National Junior Firefighter Program. Registration is free at Winners will be selected on August 1, 2012.

“The National Junior Firefighter Program began with a running start and five years later, continues to keep up the pace,” said Heather Schafer, NVFC Executive Director. “Our valuable supporters, members, juniors, and advisors have made this a program that is truly shaping the future of the fire service.” 

Since the program began, over 4,000 junior firefighters and program advisors from 50 states and two Canadian provinces have registered with the program. Junior firefighters have logged over 185,000 hours through the online hour-tracking tool. The NVFC has given away six national awards honoring exemplary junior firefighters and local junior firefighter programs, given $200,000 in grants and scholarships, filmed a recruitment video for local departments, and trained the future of the fire service through three National Junior Firefighter Academies.

The NVFC has also introduced a Junior Member level to provide the benefits of NVFC membership to future first responders. Every day, new department leaders and youth sign use the resources and tools from the National Junior Firefighter Program to find activity ideas, learn about fire prevention and safety outreach, log activity hours, connect with other departments, and market their local program.

“One of the most important benefits the program provides is its connection to other junior fire departments around the country,” said Paul Hoyle, Westhampton Beach (NY) Fire Department junior firefighter program advisor.  “Juniors nationwide are all being trained on the importance of fire department tradition and volunteerism which makes them a valuable asset to the community now and in the future. Being able to connect with each other helps us all learn and grow together.”

The National Junior Firefighter Program continues to grow, with support from Spartan Motors, Tyco International, and California Casualty. In the next year, the Program will provide three additional Academies, two more national awards, a detailed training manual for junior firefighter programs, and a redesigned program web site to enhance our members’ experience. Registered users will continue to be updated about all of the Program’s activities and resources through the bi-monthly Junior Firefighter E-news.

The NVFC’s National Junior Firefighter Program Advisory Group - consisting of NVFC board members, local junior firefighter program advisors, and corporate members - has been instrumental to the program’s success. We also appreciate the continued support of Spartan Motors, Tyco, and California Casualty, who have made these tools and resources possible. And most importantly, the dedication and involvement of junior firefighters and program advisors nationwide has made this Program successful. Without you, we wouldn’t be here today.

Here’s to another 5 years of preparing the future of the fire service for whatever challenges lie ahead. Thank you for your support!

About NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. The NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program provides departments and youth with the resources, tools, and information they need to help develop, grow, enhance, promote, and participate in a local junior firefighter program. The program addresses retention and recruitment challenges by getting youth involved in the fire and emergency services, thus fostering a lifelong connection with the emergency services that will continue throughout their adulthood. Learn more at

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