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Our Junior Fire Department program is for youth ages 14 to 18 who are interested in emergency services. Meeting at station 43 on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm, the juniors learn about helping others, working as a team, and topics in firefighting, rescue, and emergency medicine. They support the department on incidents in non-hazardous roles. Upon reaching the age of 18, and graduating high school, and being a member for one year, juniors are eligible to join the department as a full member. At least half of our members started off in the junior program. Besides aiding in recruitment of new members, and suppling the department new members with more experience and training than the average person “off the street”, the program has helping many youth grow into mature civic minded individuals. if you know a young person interested in the emergency services who lives in the area, please have them fill out an application and attend a meeting.

2017 Junior Firefighter Challenge

     As an advisor for the Junior Firefighter program at Fair Grove, I am always looking for ways to help my members increase their skills and stay interested in the fire service. I have also noticed that any time I add a level of competition to junior training by timing an evolution or making a game out of memorizing equipment or fire behavior, my juniors get more interested in what they are doing. With this in mind, we are proud to announce the 2017 Fair Grove Junior Firefighting Challenge. We hope this will motivate your members to learn the firefighter skills they need today and will need in the future. If your department has participated in the past, thank you for coming and I hope to see you again this year.

     We have four events that should test your member’s skill, teamwork, and knowledge: Initial Fire Knockdown, Search and Rescue, Equipment Identification, and Master Stream Assembly. I know how membership can go up and down over time, so the events are designed for different numbers of competitors so that regardless of how many members you have, your department can compete. Initial Fire Knockdown and Equipment Identification are designed for single competitors, the Search and Rescue is for teams of two, and the Master Stream Assembly for teams of four.

     A poster with the date, time, and location information and a copy of the event rules can be downloaded below. A donation of $5 per competitor is requested from all the participating departments to help with the cost of trophies, etc. If your department is interested in attending, please contact me either by mail, phone, or e-mail by August 12, 2017. Feel free to contact me with any questions and hope to see you there.

Kevin Sink
Junior Advisor
Fair Grove Fire Department
211 Cedar Lodge Rd
Thomasville, NC 27360
Phone: 336-862-0100

Jr. Firefighter Challenge Poster & Rules