High School Junior Firefighter

Becoming a High School Junior Firefighter

The Junior Firefighter Program was instituted by the Applegarth Volunteer Engine Company #1 as a training program for young men and women, aged 16-17, interested in serving their community and preparing to become active firefighters upon reaching the age of 18. At age 18, the Junior Firefighter is eligible to attend one of our local Fire Academies to become a fully certified firefighter. All equipment and training costs are covered by the fire company.

Once you pass our interview and background checks, Junior Members will be issued gear along with a pager. All Junior firefighters respond to calls the same way other firefighters respond, and in turn perform many important scene support duties on the fire ground. Due to the inherent dangers of firefighting, strict rules of conduct and tight procedural standards have been established. In an actual emergency, it is essential that all firefighters, including Junior Firefighters act in a calm, mature, efficient manner. Under no circumstance would any Junior Member ever be put in a situation that jeopardizes their health or safety. All Junior members operating on the fire ground do so within a limited and supervised environment at all times. They are expected to attend training drills to be prepared for the many challenges presented in an emergency situation. They are also encouraged to attend all company meetings, parades, and department special functions.

A completed application (which can be pickup up outside the station or downloaded below) will be brought before the membership committee and at that time the candidate will be interviewed.  When the prospective member is interviewed, it is preferred that both parents or guardians are present, but one is acceptable.  The interview will cover all rules and regulations of the Fire Company.

Common Questions:

  1. I’m a senior in high school but I’m 18 years old or turning 18 soon. Can I still join as a Junior Member?
    1. Yes and No. The Junior FF program is only for students between the ages of 16-17. If you are under 18 years old, you are considered a Junior Member until your 18th birthday. However, once you turn 18, you become a Probationary firefighter. Probationary firefighters have more freedom and more responsibilities in the company compared to a Junior Member while still learning the trade of being a firefighter.
  2. Can females join as Junior Firefighters?
    1. Yes! Any gender can join the fire company. One of Applegarth’s founding members – Tish O’Conner was our very first female firefighters!
  3. How challenging is the Junior Firefighter program?
    1. Our program is designed to “prepare” high school students for becoming a certified firefighter. Students will be performing strenuous activities on and off the fire ground such as lifting and using hoses, moving ladders, climbing, dragging, crawling, and wearing heavy equipment. They are also expected to maintaining appropriate grades in high school. Our experienced firefighters and line officers will supervise and teach Junior members the ins and outs of being a firefighter. Remember: In order to join, a doctors note is needed stating that the Junior Firefighter can perform strenuous activities.
  4. Is a Junior Firefighter allowed to respond to fire calls?
    1. Yes, all Junior firefighters are allowed to respond to calls. Junior members get to ride on the engine with our certified volunteers when able however there are several rules / regulations that must be followed.
      1. You can not respond during school hours or leave a school function.
      2. Academic grades must be kept up.
      3. ONLY respond to the firehouse – never to the scene.
      4. No Junior member is to be in the station past 10:00pm on a school night.
      5. **** For the full list of rules and regulations, please click on the Regulations for Junior Firefighters -1 Link at the bottom of this page. *****


1. Residents of Monroe Township, or live within an appropriate distance from the fire house. Near by Millstone and East Windsor residents are welcomed to join as well.

2. Between the agew of 16-17. No one shall be restricted due to race, religion, color, or gender.

3. The applicant must be in good academic standing at his/her school at the time of application and during the period of membership as a Junior Firefighter. A minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C”) must be maintained.

4. The applicant must complete an application, including a doctors note saying your are physically fit to join and pass a police background check (details for police background check provided at the interview). Parent / legal guardian consent must be given in order to join. The AVEC1 membership committee must approve the application.

Process of Becoming a Member:

  1. Fill out the Application with Parent Signature.
  2. Download and carefully review the Regulations for Junior Members.
  3. Email, Call, or stop by the station to set up an interview date.
  4. Bring in your application along with your parent/s or legal guardian.
  5. Have a doctors note saying you are physically fit to join.