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Junior Firefighter Program

Junior Firefighters, also known as Provisional Members, are those who are 16 and 17 years old who want to make a difference in the community. These people are active in most parts of the Fire Department with qualified adult supervision.

These Members are those who may not be old enough to do some of the many dangerous duties of a full member, but that makes them no less of a Member. These Members turn out to be some of the finest Members we have because they learn early in their firematic life how to train well and play harder. Even with some restrictions in place for their safety, they are still able to participate in numerous activities that test their knowledge and skills. It is our continued goal to maintain strict standards for these members, especially in the area of education. Their personal education outside the Fire Department takes precedence over any firematic duties that they may volunteer for. Our committment to education can be seen through two seperate scholarships that are given to an Oriskany High School student each year, many times being a member of the Fire Company.

Some of the restrictions that are set for these members are the limits on equipment that can be used, they are not allowed to drive department vehicles, no ladders and not interior work while the incident has 'imminent' danger to those inside. In addition to this, they are assigned a mentor or senior officer to guide them in their duties. There is also a strict curfew during the school year and school work always takes the front burner.

If you are interested in becoming a Junior Firefighter, please talk with your parents and then contact us. We will be happy to answer any additional questions.

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