The Future Firefighter Program for Middle and High School Students

The objective of the “Future Firefighter Program” is to introduce Middle and High School students to the fire service community. Many of the topics discussed will address the choices they make as well as other subjects and issues they will face as middle and high school students and young adults.

The Program will attempt to expose the students to the outside world of local government and community service and help them become the leaders we know they can be.
The Future Firefighter Program aims to motivate the students to become a apart of the Fire Department’s Explorer and Cadet programs. Students are also offered an opportunity to participate in the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Metro High School Fire Academy.

The Future Firefighter Program was created in 2011 on the campus of Morningside High School in Inglewood Calif. by Captain Brent Burton, founder and CEO of the Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation and a 27 year veteran of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The administration of Morningside High was very supportive and open to this new idea. Captain Burton felt the need to expose High School students to positive men and women that work in the areas of public safety and local government. An average of 10 students attended the 10 week after school program for an hour and half once a week.

The program consists of 30% fire department information and 70% life skills. The goal is exposure, preparation and survival. Assisting Captain Burton are the members of the F.I.R.E. team. Firefighters Instilling Responsibility through Education. These are dedicated and caring firefighters that give their off duty time instructing the students.
To learn more about the Future Firefighter Program for Middle and High Schools, please contact Captain Burton through the contact us link on our website.

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We support sending our Future Firefighter Program students to the Los Angeles Metro High School Fire Academy.  The High School Fire Academy is coordinated by LAFD Battalion Chief Antoine McKnight in conjunction the Los Angeles Fire Department.  It is held on the campus of the Frank Hotchkins Memorial Training Site in Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium.
High School students attend for 5 Saturdays and taught basic hands on firefighter techniques and skills.  So far several of our Future Firefighter Program students have attended and received awards for their achievement.
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