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Junior Fire Academy

VCFD's Junior Fire Academy is a FREE five-day camp designed for boys and girls ages 13-16 to experience what it's like to be a firefighter as well as learn about fire safety careers.

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2019 JFA video
VIDEO: 2019 Junior Fire Academy Announcement

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Three sessions available
Session 1 - July 29 - August 2, 2019

Session 2 - August 5 - August 9, 2019
Session 3 - August 12 - August 16, 2019
* Registrants must select desired session in ranking order *

TIME: Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Ventura County Fire Services Regional Training Center - Camarillo Airport

COST: Free

The Junior Fire Academy is a fun and informative introduction to the firefighting profession and VCFD's Explorer Program. The five-day academy is taught by VCFD firefighters and features hands-on activities and interactive learning sessions. Students will learn about fire department organization, 9-1-1 dispatch, structure fire and brush fire suppression tactics, rappel operations, basic first aid and hands only CPR, as well as tour a local fire station and VCFD's aviation unit.

Notice to Parents:

  • Space limited to the first 25 eligible applicants per session. Others will be placed on a WAITLIST
  • Mandatory registration and liability waivers required
  • Camp shirts will be provided
  • Sunscreen encouraged
  • Water provided
  • Mon–Thurs: Bring your own lunch
  • Fri: Free BBQ lunch provided

Dress Code:

  • No open toe shoes
  • Comfortable clothes - Pant or jeans; no shorts or baggy clothes
  • Girls: No spaghetti straps, strapless, tube tops

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Community Education Request

Please complete and submit the form below to request Ventura County Fire participation in your event.
Thank you for your submission! We will process your request as soon as possible on a first come, first serve basis. Ideally, please submit your request two (2) to three (3) weeks prior to the requested event date. VCFD participation is subject to department availability. As an emergency services department, please know that any approved request may be interrupted by emergency operations.