VCOS Radio: Understanding Junior Firefighter & Exploring Programs

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This podcast looks at one of the best recruitment tools available to fire departments around the country - the junior firefighter and fire explorer programs. Tim Wall, of the IAFC's Volunteer and Combination Officers Section, will discuss the programs.

Former IAFC Director Garry Briese discusses the Learning For Life Fire Explorer program. Gene Coleman, a battalion chief with the Center Point Fire District in Alabama talks about the issues his department faced while sponsoring this program. James Watson, Chief of the New Castle, DE, Fire Departments talks about his start in the fire service as a junior firefighter. More than 25 years later, he is the chief of department and his daughter is a junior firefighter.

The panel looks at the legal issues of hosting the youth fire programs, including liability, insurance and labor laws.

Whether your department currently operates or is looking into starting a youth program, this podcast is packed with vital information. Make sure to tune in - the future of your department may depend on it.

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Related Links

Learning for Life

Junior Fire and Emergency Services Programs by VFIS

State of Alabama Department of Labor, Child Labor Office Guideline

NVFC's National Junior Firefighter Program

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