The Junior Firefighter Academy is a 1 week summer program for children ages 8 to 13. The Cold Spring Fire Company in connection with the Town of Philipstown Recreation Department began the program in 2002 and has since graduated over 500 children. This year’s academy began on July 28 and concluded with a formal graduation ceremony on Saturday, August 2nd.
Classes begin at 9am each day and end at 3pm. The Junior Firefighters are issued uniforms and photo ID tags that have be worn at all times during their attendance at the Academy. Throughout the week the Junior Firefighters received training from Firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics in Fire Cause and Prevention, Fire Safety, Firefighting equipment and its usage, CPR and First Aid, Importance of Teamwork, Physical Fitness and Marching just to name a few.
Due to the importance of these subjects, training is taken very seriously! If a junior firefighter acts out of line or is disrespectful, some forms of punishment that may consist of push ups, running extra laps and or writing what they did wrong several times and how they won’t do it again.
The Academy also take an annual field trip. This year’s academy traveled to New York City to visit the FDNY training facility located on Randall’s Island. Upon graduating from the Academy, each student receives certification as a Junior Firefighter as well as certified training in First Aid and CPR.
As a Junior Firefighter, each child will hold an important role in the Fire Safety of their families, school and fellow classmates. During Fire Prevention week, each Junior Firefighter will be allowed to assist the Fire Department in educating the other students in school as well as the rest of the community.
The academy cost is estimated at $100 per student, however due to generous donations from the community, all of the students attend for free.
This Academy was created as a new approach to our Fire Prevention Education program and has far exceeded our expectations. Interested parties are asked to contact the Fire Department for details.
For more information about this program contact:
Academy Director Dan Valentine at (845) 265-9241 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For registration information, contact the Philipstown Recreation Department at (845)-424-4618.