Teens, aged 16 and 17, who may wish to become a volunteer or professional firefighters one day may be interested in joining the Fire Department’s Junior Firefighter program. Parental or guardian permission is mandatory before joining the program.
Junior firefighters are expected to participate in the weekly training sessions and, under careful supervision, can practice the same skills as regular members including firefighting, motor vehicle rescues and low-angle rope rescue. Juniors do not participate in live-fire training or other high-skill activities. They are not permitted to actively participate at real incidents; however, the training provides a sound basis for full participation in the Department once they reach the age of 18 years.
Secondary school credits may apply and candidates for the Junior Firefighter Program are urged to check with their school’s Guidance Office.