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.
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
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.