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    I was told to post this in the junior forum.

    What should I do to get ready before I join my local VFD ( I can join when I turn 16)? How long did your training take you? Whatl should I know before joining as a JVFF? Any advice? I suppose that junior FF acts as an assistant to the other FFs. Do JFF respond to all calls?
    How much involvement does a junior FF have in a call. Do JFF operate lines outside of structures? I understand that it varies from station to station but how do they do things at yours?

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    Originally posted by MeadowGlen View Post
    I was told to post this in the junior forum.

    What should I do to get ready before I join my local VFD ( I can join when I turn 16)? How long did your training take you? Whatl should I know before joining as a JVFF? Any advice? I suppose that junior FF acts as an assistant to the other FFs. Do JFF respond to all calls?
    How much involvement does a junior FF have in a call. Do JFF operate lines outside of structures? I understand that it varies from station to station but how do they do things at yours?
    The answers to your questions can vary greatly. It all depends on your department. In general, you probably won't need to "train" on anything before you join because most departments will expect you to join knowing very little and they will provide the training for you. The most important thing you can do it to remember that education always comes first, and stay in shape.
    Explorer Assistant Chief Alisha Fern

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      Eyes and ears open, mouth shut! I mean that in the nicest way possible, as harsh as it always sounds. As stated, all departments are as different as the opinions voiced here. A big thing that I always preach is knowing right off the bat your departments SOG's on what you are allowed to do and also your states child labor laws regarding to same. This will keep you honest and hopefully out of trouble. Take every oportunity they give you to train, and ask questions until its obnoxious, then ask more. Remember, no level of respect is ever handed out, only earned. Good luck.
      Matt G.
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      • #4
        Make sure you're in shape (alot of Junior/Explorer programs basically = work horse) and have a good attitude.They'll teach you the rest.

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