The Junior Firefighter Program
is for teens between the ages of 16 and 18. As these members reach 18 years old, they become eligible for Active Membership. Our goal is to give them a sense of belonging and that they can help. It gives them the chance to see what firefighters do and to learn the basics before becoming full members. We are looking for individuals that are willing to work as part of a team, be able to take commands from OVFD Officers, be able to serve in a professional manner, and be able to attend the regular trainings and meetings.
The Junior Firefighter Program was instituted by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department as a hands on training program for young men and women, aged 16-18, interested in serving their community and preparing to become active firefighters upon reaching the age of 18. At age 18, the Junior Firefighter is eligible to become a full member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department upon successful completion.
As a Junior Firefighter, members serve in a support role, responding to fires and assisting the senior firefighters at actual emergencies as a supplement to a formal training program. The Junior Firefighters attend weekly training drills with the full Department. The OVFD fire officers serve as the Junior Firefighter training officers, and they are the primary contact person for the Junior Firefighter. Those selected are expected to act in a mature manner and commit to a demanding, long-term program. In both training sessions and actual emergency situations, the safety of the Junior
Firefighter safety is of paramount concern to the Department. As such, the activities of the Junior Firefighters are limited in scope and the fire officers closely supervise them. The Junior Firefighters quickly become an integral part of the firefighting team during emergencies, serving in such important capacities as establishing a water supply, supplying equipment for interior firefighters, changing air packs, and assisting with interior overhaul once a fire has been extinguished. Due to the inherent dangers of firefighting, strict rules of conduct and tight procedural standards have been established. In an actual emergency, it is essential that all firefighters, including Junior Firefighters, act in a calm and efficient manner.
The Junior Firefighters are expected to attend training drills to be prepared for the many challenges presented in an emergency situation. Each member is expected to read and understand these requirements and to adhere to the standards. Please come to the firehouse any Tuesday Night after 7pm to obtain an application!
Download Application HERE
Download Letter to Parents HERE