The Junior Firefighter program was instituted by the Verga Volunteer Fire Company as a training program for young men and women, aged 14-17, 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 attend the Firefighter Course to become a full member of the Verga Fire Company upon successful completion.
As a Junior Firefighter, members serve in a support role for the senior firefighters at actual emergencies as a supplement to a formal training program. The Junior Firefighters attend monthly training drills with the full Department. A Verga fire officer serves as the Junior Firefighter training officer, and he is 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 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, manning exterior hose lines. It should be understood , however, that despite the training and supervision provided, firefighting is a dangerous activity and serious injury is a possibility. The fire officers will make every effort to minimize the Junior Firefighter to avoid known hazardous situations.
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.
If you are interested and you are between the ages of 14 to 17, please email Chief A.J. Ferriola at firstname.lastname@example.org and set up a time to meet with our membership committee. Membership meets at 7:30 PM on Wednesday nights to accept application, conduct interviews and move you on to membership in the company. Stop on by and we will be more than happy to explain what we're all about.