The National Volunteer Fire Council, in partnership with Scott Safety and Tyco International, hosted a National Junior Firefighter Academy on Scott Safety's campus on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The day-long event, featuring product demos, a facility tour and hands-on training drills, drew more than 60 junior firefighters and advisors.
The Academy provides young people 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 an excellent recruitment mechanism. This is Scott's third year hosting such a key event.
After a tour of the Scott Safety production facility and lunch, the junior firefighters and their advisors were divided into five groups for hands-on drills, including:
- Obstacle Course -- juniors navigated a tire maze while wearing a blacked-out mask, with the goal of acclimating to search and rescue, blind searching, working as a team and communications.
- Thermal Imaging Scavenger Hunt -- using a Scott thermal imager, juniors worked in teams to find a heat source in a dark room.
- Firefighter Combat Challenge -- juniors were timed for donning and doffing their PPE, using a charged hose line to hit a target and dragging a dummy.
- EMS Drill -- juniors were taught CPR and participated in training drills.
- Vehicle Extrication -- juniors learned about vehicle extrication techniques and watched as experts demonstrated how to use the hydraulic extrication tools.
"This program provides young people an excellent opportunity to share ideas, learn new drills and make connections with firefighters from other departments," said Greg Gatlin, manager of major accounts, Scott Safety.