The National Volunteer Fire Council Announces Winners of National Junior Firefighter Program Grants

GREENBELT, MD (September 30, 2009) - The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), in partnership with the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, has selected 10 outstanding junior firefighter programs and Explorer Posts from departments...


Carlin (NV) Volunteer Fire Department
Explorers at the Carlin Volunteer Fire Department run their own meetings and train in areas such as first aid, fire operations, and highway safety. They also perform community service and participate in all department fundraisers. The Explorers are working to develop a regional training event for all junior firefighters and Explorers in their area.

City of Northville (MI) Fire Department
The City of Northville Fire Department's Explorers participate in mock disaster training, field days, competitions, and additional trainings with other Explorers from their region. They learn about the many aspects of the fire service by visiting other departments and facilities such as military bases, airports, dispatch centers, arson labs, and cargo ships. Approximately 80 percent of the Post's graduates continue in the fire service.

City of Tonawanda (NY) Fire Department
The City of Tonawanda Fire Department's Explorer Post's motto is "Our Best Today for a Better Tomorrow." Explorers have been crucial in assisting the department during mass emergencies, such as an October 2006 ice storm where power was out and roadways were closed for days. They also assist their department by serving as "victims" in mock disaster drills.

Galax (VA) Volunteer Fire Department
Explorers at the Galax Volunteer Fire Department learn important social skills, health and fitness, and problem solving. The Post is focused on providing structure and guidance for juniors to become a developed firefighter and member of the community.

Hedgesville (WV) Volunteer Fire Company
Members of the Hedgesville 4-H Junior Volunteer Fire Company are trained in first aid, infectious disease control, sexual harassment prevention and awareness, forest fire, SCBA, and water rescue, among other skills. They also participate in community projects, including developing and implementing an emergency preparedness training program at the local schools called "Prom Disasters."

Neffsville (PA) Community Fire Company
The Neffsville Community Fire Company is a regional junior firefighter program that draws junior firefighters from five separate fire companies. Program participants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and fire departments. Each year they host a regional junior firefighter training day, which drew 70 junior firefighters from 22 different departments in three counties in 2008.

Wissahickon (PA) Fire Company
Junior firefighters ages 16-17 at the Wissahickon Fire Company train, respond, and work side-by-side with senior firefighters on emergency calls (when allowed by law). Approximately 70 percent of the department's graduated junior firefighters remain in the fire service. Since 2006 they have hosted an annual Firefighter Camp, an intensive four-week training experience for youth ages 14 and up to get a real-life taste of what it is like to be a firefighter. The courses at Camp are taught by junior firefighters as well as senior instructors.

About the NVFC and National Junior Firefighter Program
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 www.nvfc.org.