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Junior Fire Institute

Are you a high school student or recent graduate curious about a career in the fire service?

Milwaukee Fire Department Junior Fire Institute (JFI) is looking for students (ages 14-20) to join our team. The JFI meets once a month and participants are taught basic firefighting and first-aide skills. JFI members also have the opportunity to get an inside look at the fire department and decide if it is a career they would like to pursue.

The MFD provides all of the JFI members equipment, so participants simply need to show up with a good attitude and an open mind. Our experienced firefighters, who all volunteer their time to this initiative, are proud to provide the JFI's exciting, hands-on learning opportunities.

JHI members will become familiar with performing firefighting tasks with actual firefighting equipment, and participate in various community service functions for the Milwaukee Fire Department. Our volunteer staff is composed of all ranks and includes members of the Milwaukee Fire Department’s special teams such as Dive Rescue, Hazardous Materials and Heavy Urban Rescue.  You can find current JFI events, pictures and up to date information on their facebook page at

All JFI members are able to purchase uniform shirts for a nominal fee. If you are interested, please contact Lt. Jeff Gauthier.

Junior Fire Institute Annual Agenda

Schedule is subject to change. All start times will be at 0900 meeting at the Milwaukee Fire Department Training Academy located at 6680 N. Teutonia Ave. Time changes will be provided in advance thru email and Facebook notifications. Contact Lt. Jeff Gauthier at or call 414-788-3270 with questions.  Updates are always posted on our Facebook page.

January 2 (Green) Interview Tips and Techniques
February 6 (Red) SCBA Orientation /Introduction to EMS
March 5 (Green) Fire Behavior
March 19 (Red) Us Bank Fight for Air Climb (registration and fee required)
April 2 (Blue) Fire Extinguisher Class
May 7 (Green) Truck Ops/Force Entry
May 21 (Green) Armed Forces Challenge
June 4 (Blue) North Shore Combat Challenge/Respite Day
June 24/25 MFD Peer Fitness Family Days (Volunteers needed)
July 9 (Green) Engine Operations
August 6 (Blue) Search and Rescue
August 11- 14 3rd Annual Summer Training Camp
August 20 (Green) Dirty Dog Mud Run
September 3 (Red) EMS Skills/Swamp
October 1 (Green) Special Teams Day
November 5 (Red) Academy Day (Live Burn/Auto Fires)
December 3 (Red) Christmas Party/Year in Review














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