By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Three Forks now has Junior Firefigher Program


September 29, 2021

The Three Forks Volunteer Fire Department has implemented a Junior Firefighter Program.

The City Council voted earlier this month to accept the final draft of the program that is open to 16 to 18 years old.  

In a letter from the program handbook, Three Forks Fire Chief Keith Aune said for many; this program would be the first step in a career with the fire service.

"The job expands far beyond just fighting fire. We respond to car accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous conditions, and many other emergencies in the community. We are people's first call when they are having their worst day. They expect us to respond quickly and courteously, to help them deal with often times the unthinkable," said Aune. "As a Junior Member, you exemplify the best our community has to offer. As such, you will be expected to adhere to a higher code of conduct and be courteous and respectful at all times, especially when in uniform."

Members of the program will be expected to participate in training, meetings, drills, fundraising events, and station projects.

According to Aune, members' primary responsibility will be to learn through observation and interaction with the community and fellow firefighters. He added members would be working with other volunteers of the Three Forks Volunteers Fire Department, other agencies, and  closely shadowing the Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, and Training Officers.

Members will receive classroom training in core areas of interest with classes focused on CPR, communications, general fire and rescue, and fire safety and prevention, and must maintain a C- grade average at school.

For more information and to apply, please visit to learn more and apply.


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