NVFC releases updated Junior Firefighter Program starter kit
NVFC releases updated Junior Firefighter Program starter kit The National Volunteer Fire Council resource covers everything from liability to recruitment
By Bill Carey
WASHINGTON — The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) announced the release of an updated Junior Firefighter Program Starter Kit to help departments build a successful youth program.
This latest Starter Kit was designed to serve as a one-stop resource to help departments develop a junior firefighter program. Step-by-step guidance covers everything from funding to member retention. Information on liability, setting requirements, and onboarding advisors is also included.
The program contains 10 steps for success:
Secure Department Support
Determine the Appropriate Age Range
Establish What Youth Members Can and Cannot Do
Set the Minimum Requirements for Youth Participants
Formalize the Program’s Operating Guidelines and Other Documents
Recruit Youth Participants
Utilize Resources to Maintain Your Program
According to the NVFC, junior firefighter programs provide youth opportunities to learn about fire and emergency services safely. Junior Firefighters learn to build life skills such as teamwork, leadership, responsibility, and community service. Fire departments using junior firefighters get needed non-operational support and an excellent recruitment instrument, strengthening the bond between the department and the community.
The update was made possible with support from California Casualty.