JUNIOR FIREFIGHTERS PROGRAM
The Junior Firefighter Program was instituted by the Trappe Fire Company (TFC) as a training program for young men and women, aged 16-18, interested in serving their community.
We'll help prepare you to become active firefighters upon reaching the age of 18. At age 18, the Junior Firefighter is eligible to attend the State Firefighter I Course and to become a full member of the Trappe Fire Company #1.
What you'll do
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 TFC 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 and assisting with interior overhaul once a fire has been extinguished. 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 Firefighters’ exposure to danger. It is also the responsibility of 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. Each member is expected to read and understand these requirements and to adhere to the standards. The TFC fire and administrative officers are available to discuss any questions.
State Laws Applying to Junior Firefighters
PA State Child Labor Law, Section 4 states: "No minor under eighteen year of age shall be employed or permitted to work in, about, or in connection with, any establishment between the hours of twelve in the evening and six in the morning if such minor is enrolled in regular day school: Provided, That, minors sixteen and seventeen years of age may be employed until, but not after, one o'clock in the morning on Fridays and Saturdays, and on days preceding a school vacation occuring during the school year, excepting the last day of such vacation period."
- Any resident of our coverage area, between the ages of 16-18, may make application for membership in the Trappe Fire Co. #1 Junior Firefighter Program.
- The applicant must be in good academic standing at his/her school at the time of application and during the period of membership as a Junior Firefighter. A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C”) must be maintained.
- The applicant must complete an application, including a medical authorization. We condcut an investigation based on the supplied information, inclsuing a criminal background check. Also required with the application is a parental consent that must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. The application must be approved by our Credentials Committee and ratified at a company business meeting.
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