WHAT: Across New York many fire departments face recruitment challenges. Today’s firefighters are responding to more calls now than ever before, and these calls are increasingly diverse, between medical emergencies and COVID-19 calls to flooded basements, downed power lines, automobile accidents, and of course for fires! With call volumes up for fire, safety and EMS, there is a crucial need for more volunteers. One way to ensure members for the future is to invest in junior firefighters – members who are under the age of 18 and still in high school but interested in the job and will likely become a volunteer to service their community once they are of age.
Each year, FASNY and the Youth in the Fire Service Committee welcome dozens of Junior Firefighters, Explorers and RAMS, who gather for first-hand experience and a little competition.
On Saturday, August 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the teens registered to attend are coming from Jefferson, Franklin, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties and will receive the most intense firefighting training at St. Lawrence County Fire Training Center. This year, these teens make their way through stations to perform evolutions like Water Supply, Search, Hose Advancement, Forcible Entry, Hose Relay and Rehab Setup following essential lessons taught by expert instructors.
Laurie Hance, Director, FASNY
Joe Finnegan, Past President, FASNY
Dale Barker, member, Youth in the Fire Service Committee, FASNY
Dennis Eickhoff, Director, Firemen’s Home, FASNY
Tony Clark, Membership Committee, FASNY
Larry Hall Jr, Firefighter of the Year Committee, FASNY
Nearly 30 Junior Firefighters from Jefferson, Franklin, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties
WHEN: Check-In/Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. Start Time: 8:30 a.m. until 2:00pm.
WHERE: St. Lawrence County Fire Training Center, 45 Blanchard Road, Potsdam