MONROE, N.C. (November 6, 2014) — Scott Safety, a global manufacturer of respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices, announced the successful completion of the fourth annual National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Academy. The day-long event took place at Scott Safety headquarters in Monroe, N.C. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. More than 60 junior firefighters and program advisors participated in this year’s Academy program.
“The Academy provides an excellent way for youth and advisors to share ideas, learn new drills, and make connections with firefighters from other departments,” said Greg Gatlin, former firefighter and manager of major accounts for Scott Safety. “We really enjoy participating in the NVFC National Junior Firefighter Academy. It’s a great opportunity for Scott Safety and Tyco to give back to our customer community and help juniors learn more about the important work and role of fire and emergency services.”
One of the highlights of this year’s Academy was a visit from the Carolinas HealthCare System MedCenter Air helicopter where the crew demonstrated emergency life-flight operations.
Cadets participated in equipment demos, a Scott Safety facility tour, and hands-on drills, including:
- Vehicle Extrication – Cadets were shown proper techniques in lifting a vehicle off of a victim.
- Thermal Imaging – Using a Scott thermal imaging camera, cadets learned how to search a building as they worked in teams to find a simulated fire in a dark room.
- EMS – Cadets practiced proper EMS techniques in patient removal from a simulated traffic accident.
- Forcible Entry Drill – Cadets studied techniques for forcible entry and how to rescue a victim.
- Combat Challenge – Cadets participated in a modified mini combat challenge drill that tested their strength and teamwork skills.
The annual event is sponsored by the NVFC’s National Junior Firefighter Program, in partnership with Scott Safety and Tyco International.
About the National Volunteer Fire Council
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. The NVFC National Junior Firefighter Program provides departments and youth with the resources, tools, and information they need to help develop, grow, enhance, promote, and participate in a local junior firefighter program. The program addresses retention and recruitment challenges by getting youth involved in the fire and emergency services, thus fostering a lifelong connection with the emergency services that will continue throughout their adulthood. Learn more at www.nvfc.org.
About Scott Safety
Scott Safety, a Tyco business is a premier manufacturer of innovative respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices for firefighters, industrial workers, police squads, militaries, homeland security forces, and rescue teams around the world. With five global manufacturing locations, Scott products protect thousands of individuals each day from environmental hazards including smoke, toxic fumes, combustible gases, falling objects, and contaminants. The Scott product line includes self-contained breathing apparatus, supplied air and air-purifying respirators, PPE, gas detection instruments, thermal imaging cameras, and firefighter locators. For more information, visit www.scottsafety.com.