The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program is excited to present a new resource for junior firefighter programs nationwide. Thanks to support from Tyco International, a junior firefighter recruitment video is now available for download on the National Junior Firefighter Program web site at www.nvfc.org/juniors.
Program advisors and department leaders can use the 4-minute video, which features juniors participating and explaining their interest in junior firefighting and their plans for their future, to recruit youth for their program at the local level. The video can be downloaded and taken to schools, community organizations, or department open houses to educate youth and adults about the benefit of junior firefighter programs.
Junior firefighter programs are a valuable recruiting tool for departments. In the United States, 71% of first responders are volunteers. According to the National Fire Protection Association, since 1984 the number of volunteer firefighters has declined by more than 10% while calls for help have more than doubled. Introducing youth to the fire service creates lifelong support of the fire departments, whether as career or volunteer first responders or community supporters.
The National Junior Firefighter Program provides resources, tools, and information for fire departments and youth nationwide. Junior firefighter programs introduce youth to the fire service in a safe and fun way, while learning important fire prevention and safety, leadership, and teamwork skills. Hours spent at the station can often be counted for school community service requirements. Juniors and departments can join the Program for free at www.nvfc.org/juniors.
Watch or download the video at www.nvfc.org/juniors. Find out more about the National Junior Firefighter Program, including training opportunities through the National Junior Firefighter Academy, at www.nvfc.org/juniors.
About the National Volunteer Fire Council
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.
About Tyco International
Tyco International is a diversified, global company that provides vital products and services to customers in more than 60 countries and has more than 100,000 employees worldwide. Tyco is a leading provider of electronic security products and services, fire protection and detection products and services, and valves and controls. For more information, visit www.tyco.com.