Coventry Volunteer Fire Association has an active Junior Firefighter program. Teenagers 14 to 17 years participate in training, emergency calls, public education and much more as a junior member. The members are certified in CPR and as an Emergency Medical Responder which teaches basic medical care. After successful completion junior members respond as a member of the ambulance crew and assist in providing medical care to injured and sick residents. Junior members also provide an important role on fire scenes assisting with rehab of firefighters and keeping equipment easily accessible for the firefighters. Junior members also participate in fundraising and charitable events such as raising money for the Connecticut Fallen Firefighter Memorial, Special Olympics and the Coventry Food Bank
The fire service offers several awards and scholarships on both an individual and department wide basis. CVFA is proud of its two former junior members who received national recognition as part of the junior program. Both are currently active members within the department.
National Junior Firefighter Award and Scholarship
The National Volunteer Fire Council, in partnership with the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation, awards ten active past or present junior firefighters that are members of a volunteer fire department from across the nation. Recipients of this award must show active involvement in their volunteer fire department as well as a strong academic record. In order to apply for the award and the scholarship, past or present junior members must fill out an application, write an essay and receive letters of recommendation. Ten high school graduates looking to further their education were chosen from hundreds of applications from across the nation to receive the award and the scholarship. Recipients received a scholarship for $5000 to use towards a higher education at a college or university of their choice, as well as national recognition at the annual Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, MD. In addition, the recipient also received a $5000 grant to be given to their fire department in order to continue to build the junior firefighter program.
National Volunteer Fire Council Junior Firefighter of the year
The Junior Firefighter of the Year award was created to honor an outstanding junior firefighter. Recipients of this year’s awards received a trip to Alexandria to attend the award ceremony, a personalized award, and complimentary one-year membership in the NVFC, among other items. In addition, the recipients spent a day on Capitol Hill meeting their Congressional representatives.