The Kent Volunteer Fire Department Juniors affords high school-aged youths the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experience in the fields of firefighting, emergency medical care, fundraising and volunteerism. Juniors are guided in an atmosphere of respect, trust, knowledge, responsibility, compassion, skill, motivation, and commitment.
The KVFD Juniors are overseen by a Senior Advisor and several Advisors, who are emergency members. Membership is a privilege and not a right.
Junior members are expected to train aggressively to achieve whatever goal they set of themselves. Each member is required to attend safety classes related to Bloodborne Pathogens, Airborne Pathogens, Hazardous Materials and Scene Safety, regardless of the special interest opportunity he/she may pursue. As members progress in understanding, ability and maturity they will be encouraged to obtain certifications in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Medical Response Technician (MRT) or if they like at age 16, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT/B). In addition to their training, members must maintain appearance and etiquette standards consistent with their role as a Junior. As others see the member, so they see the membership as a whole.
A carefully supervised ride-along program is available. Junior members gain practical, hands-on experience in a career field and belong to a group of young adults with similar interests. Juniors have a chance to learn life skills and grow in a supportive, safe and enjoyable environment.