The Montebello Fire Department created the Junior Fire Academy in 2001 as a means to provide fire safety education to our youth and to provide them with a stimulating program that encourages team work and develop self esteem. Since the inception of the Junior Fire Academy, over 1000 young people have participated in this popular summer program.
The Junior Fire Academy is for young people 7 – 14 years in age. The program teaches young people fire safety and also has them participate in a variety of firefighting events. Participants will learn how to use the fire hose, climb aerial ladders, rappel by rope from a building, and participate in fun events such as the bucket brigade and the water ball. All participants will receive a certificate of completion at a graduation exercise at the completion of the program.
The Junior Fire Academy is hosted by the Montebello Fire Department and is coordinated by Fire Engineer Henry Velasquez. Montebello Firefighters conduct the structured program over a four day period – four hours each day. There are morning or afternoon sessions available. The Montebello Fire Department is planning to schedule the Junior Fire Academy for three weekly sessions during July. We are anticipating approximately 300 participants for this year’s Junior Fire Academy.
The fee schedule for the Junior Fire Academy is $50.00 for residents and $70.00 for non-residents. The fee includes a Junior Fire Academy t-shirt and certificate of completion.
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Please down load Registration Form I and Form II, and submit to us by the due date.
The anticipated costs for running the Junior Fire Academy are approximately $13,000 per week. This includes manpower and overtime costs for one program coordinator and five instructors per session.
The fees charged cover the costs for t-shirts for each participant, and also cover the costs for logistical supplies, ie. helmets, audio-visual, and Junior Fire Academy props. Any surplus funds are donated to the Montebello Fire Explorer program.
For more information please contact Henry Velasquez at Hvelasquez@cityofmontebello.com