Junior Volunteers

The Junior Volunteer Development Program (JVDP) provides safe, enjoyable and challenging activities for young people aged 11 to 15 years of age.

The Junior Volunteer Development Program (JVDP), also known as Juniors/Junior Brigade, runs in over 160 brigades across Victoria and aims to introduce young people 11-15 years to CFA by providing them with the opportunity to become good fire safe citizens while engaging them in activities that:

  • build their self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • develop their ability to manage personal and social relationships.
  • create learning opportunities and to develop new skills.
  • encourage positive group dynamics.
  • build the capacity of young people to consider risk, make reasoned decisions and take control.
  • develop a world view which widens horizons and nurtures social commitment.

Junior members DO NOT respond to emergencies, however, JVDP activities are usually conducted at the local fire station, but may also involve excursions, camps and championship activities. Whilst each local JVDP program looks different and reflects the needs and interest of the local brigade and community, all programs work to build the skills of junior members in 5 key areas:

  • Knowledge of CFA history and competition
  • Understanding volunteering and community service
  • Emergency response skills
  • Teamwork and leadership skills
  • Familiarisation with all hazard types.

Each junior brigade is delivered by a team of junior leaders; members of the brigade who are 18 years plus, who have taken on the responsibility for leading the juniors.

All junior leaders hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) and all junior brigade activities have a minimum of two registered Junior Leaders facilitating activities.

Australian Fire Cadet Championships 2021 in NSW

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 situation in NSW

Once again, CFA has been invited to participate in the Australian National Fire Cadet Championships (AFCC) which will be held at Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, North Narrabeen, NSW from Monday 27 September to Thursday 30 September 2021. A training day and travel to the event will take place on Sunday 26 September.

CFA has competed at the AFCC since they began in 2007. This biennial event is open to Junior/cadet members of emergency services from across Australia. Along with being a fun and exciting program, participating in the AFCC will give participants the opportunity to take on new and exciting challenges whilst expanding their networks, experience and skill base in a supportive environment.

Three teams of six Junior Members and six Junior Leaders from across the state will be accompanied by a CFA staff member to compete at the event. CFA will cover travel costs including flights, accommodation and meals while in New South Wales, as well as supplying team uniforms and CFA PPC. Participants will be responsible for their own travel to the training day and from Melbourne Airport, spending money and will be required to purchase four pairs of woollen socks. Each participant will need to bring their own sleeping bag, pillow case and towel.

We are seeking applications (see related resources above) from eligible Junior Members and Junior Leaders. Closing date Monday 2 August.

Can’t wait to get your application! For any questions please contact: juniors@cfa.vic.gov.au


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