NVFC Releases Junior Firefighter Recruitment Video
April 2, 2012
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.
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 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 percent 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 percent 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 National Junior Firefighter Program for free at www.nvfc.org/juniors.
Click here to watch the video. Find out more about the National Junior Firefighter Program, including training opportunities through the National Junior Firefighter Academy, at www.nvfc.org/juniors.