Junior Development Program

The Ararat Junior Fire Brigade consists of kids aged between 11 and 17 who meet on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6.30pm, during school terms. These juniors are supported by their parents and volunteer brigade members, consisting currently of eight

Junior leaders. Junior brigades are all about fun, friendship,

belonging, volunteering, responsibility, challenges, teamwork, leadership, skill development, community spirit, commitment and firefighting skills.

There are two programs implemented, one is in the summer months and the other during winter.

 

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Summer Program
The summer program teaches Urban running and skills training which involves teamwork, hose techniques, accuracy and

discipline and is ran from the Brigade Running Track at Elizabeth Park. The kids are put into Under 14 and Under 17 age groups and compete in demonstrations against other Junior Brigades across the State in preparation for the Junior State

championships.
 

Winter Program

The Winter Program, ran out of the Ararat Fire Station,

demonstrates and teaches basic fire fighting skills such as map reading, communications, draughting, pumping and includes local excursions to other local agencies such as the SES, ambulance and police station.

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Future Development
Throughout the year the Juniors fundraise to cover some of the Junior Program expenses and are involved in various

community orientated events including collecting for the Good Friday Appeal, the setting up of chairs for Anzac Day and

marching in the Golden Gateway Festival Procession.
The Junior Fire Brigade Program gives kids a

taste of what volunteer firefighting is all about in a safe and fun environment and prepares them for future endeavours of being Senior volunteer firefighters if they so choose.