Fire Youth Academy

Youth AcademyThe Watsonville Fire Department is committed to reaching out to the youth of our community by providing them a safe environment that builds confidence, promotes character building, personal growth, responsibility, and accountability through mentoring, training, and team work. The purpose of the program to introduce our youth to the fire service and provide them learning opportunities that challenges and inspires them to realize their potential and guides them towards being productive members of our community.

The ideal candidates are local residents 15-17 years of age who are responsible, committed, have a good attitude/demeanor, are eager to learn and are willing to push themselves beyond their current abilities. Youth academy attendees will be expected to work as a team, be respectful of everyone, be reliable, treat the equipment and facilities with respect and help with cleanup. Good attendance is expected.

Some of the firefighting skills attendees will learn: 

  • Hose pulls and ladders
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Ropes and Knots; 
  • SCBA's; Victim Rescue
  • Introduction to CPR and First Aid
  • Forcible Entry

Two youth academy sessions are held during the summer and run for two weeks each. Attendance at the scheduled orientation meeting for the assigned session is mandatory. Session and orientation dates will be announced once they are scheduled.