NVFC Corner: Bolstering the Ranks with Youth Fire Programs

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Youth programs are critical to the long-term health of the fire and emergency services. They serve as an important recruitment tool by fostering a new generation that may continue their involvement in the emergency services as they enter into adulthood. Junior firefighter programs also create stronger bonds between departments and the communities they serve. This podcast serves as a resource to departments who are thinking of starting or expanding a youth program as well as those who already have a program in place.

Join NVFC Executive Director Heather Schafer as she provides an introduction to the National Junior Firefighter Program and the resources available through the program. Jim Williams, NVFC's New York Director, then moderates a discussion on key concepts and best practices for establishing and maintaining a local youth program within a department. The panel of experts includes Jeff Cash, NVFC's North Carolina Director and Fire Chief of the Cherryville Fire Department; Allen Metheny, NVFC's Alternate Director from Delaware and Past Chief and Past President of the Hartly Volunteer Fire Company; and Mike Barnett of the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland.

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NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program

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