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Franklin County Fire Chiefs’ Association
2023 Junior Firefighter Academy
We are proud to announce the annual Junior Firefighter Academy being held July 16th
through July 22rd, 2023, at the Franklin County Public Safety Training Center located at 3075
Molly Pitcher Highway, Chambersburg, PA. This year’s academy class is open to junior
firefighters ages 14-17 seeking to expand their knowledge and skills in the delivery of
emergency services, while experiencing challenging and important life lessons in character,
integrity, responsibility, discipline, accountability, teamwork, and leadership.
The tradition of working with a diverse group of participants from various counties and
states remains a goal of the academy. Participants will build upon each other’s skills in daily
exercises, as well as bond with one another on various trips to Franklin County fire stations, and
the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, for an exclusive tour of the facility and to
observe the National Fallen Firefighters and 9/11 Memorials. The academy offers notable guest
speakers, and is conducted by fire service professionals from Franklin County and surrounding
counties, as well as the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.
Two significant events of the week include:
Annual Appreciation Night, Wednesday evening July 19th, 2023 from 1730-2100
hours, featuring a barbeque dinner, formal appreciation presentation with government
officials and participant demonstrations and skills challenge.
Annual Graduation Ceremony, Saturday July 22nd, 2023 beginning at 1000 hours,
offering a formal ceremony including certificates of completion and two participant
speeches outlining the week long Academy.
Media is welcome throughout the week. Phone notification is suggested.
For more information please contact:
Co-Lead Instructor, Benjamin Holmquist at 717-816-7798;
or Co-Lead Instructor, Jerry Houpt at 717-729-1642;
Email: [email protected]
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