February 6, 2014 - The Allamuchy Fire Department has officially set up a Junior Firefighter Program that is open for high school students, ages 16-17 who live within Allamuchy Township.
The program is designed to allow the younger society to get involved with their local fire department to learn what it takes to be a firefighter, train like a firefighter, and become an active firefighter. It is also a great start for students who plan to attend college for fire-science or any medical profession; not to overlook that it looks great on any college application for any major!
Firefighters train in Allamuchy for Ice Rescue, one of the many exercises a junior will be able to take part in!
“Every kid when they’re little, when they see a fire truck, they want to be a firefighter. Here’s their chance!” states Allamuchy fire chief, Kevin Flanagan.
The program will train junior firefighters to be structured and professional, and have the opportunity to ride along in the fire apparatus to actual fire calls. Weekly, juniors will be required to visit the fire hall to practice the necessary skills. In one example exercise, juniors will get dressed in their own firefighting gear and understand the importance of dressing quickly and correctly for an emergency.
Fire Chief Kevin Flanagan says, “The number of firefighters in Allamuchy is not as high as in the past, and this program is a way of keeping the numbers up, and making sure young fire fighters have the necessary knowledge and experience to go out on calls.”
For those interested in joining, please come to the Allamuchy Firehouse any Tuesday night between 7pm-9pm. For more information, please email us at AllamuchyFire@gmail.com.