Become a Junior Firefighter!

Junior firefighter programs give kids and teens the chance to learn about local fire, rescue, and emergency medical services response organizations in a safe, controlled, educational, and fun way while providing departments with extra help around the station and in the community. Juniors can learn valuable first response skills that they could apply to a future career or volunteer work in the fire service. Programs also provide leadership and teamwork opportunities and look great on a college application! Departments are encouraged to avoid operational activities and comply with all state regulations for junior firefighter safety.

How do I sign up?

The National Volunteer Fire Council’s National Junior Firefighter Program offers resources and tools to departments to help them develop and manage a local program. Departments can also register their local program in a searchable, online database. Youth can use the National Junior Firefighter Program to find a local program, learn what it means to be a junior firefighter, and log their hours of service. Visit and search using your state or zip code. Once you have found a list of local departments, you can view each one’s age requirements and contact information.

How do I find out more?

Visit the National Junior Firefighter Program web site at or call the NVFC at 1-888-ASK-NVFC (275-6832).