The East Quogue Fire Department swore in its inaugural class of junior firefighters Monday night during the fire district’s monthly meeting at the East Quogue firehouse on Montauk Highway.
Junior firefighters will conduct service projects and fundraisers to finance activities within their organization, according to volunteer firefighter Mark Gregory. Mr. Gregory is one of four mentors for the newly established junior firefighters group.
Along with learning the responsibilities that come with holding events and managing their own budgets, junior volunteers also will learn basic firefighting skills such as hose-handling, search-and-rescue and first aid.
The 16-member class is made up of all boys, but Mr. Gregory said the group is open to accepting more students between the ages of 12 and 18. He noted that one girl has also expressed interest in joining the group and he hopes that more do in the future.
“It’s getting our youth involved in fire service,” Mr. Gregory said. “It also gets them off the computer at home—that’s the way I like to put it.”
Members of the inaugural class include: Brandon Bullock, Josh and Tyler Davonski, Edward Ford, Connor Glynn, Mark Gregory, Thomas Kuroski, Caleb Mason, Shawn Meduski, Kurt Mion, Andrew Pisaneschi, Spencer Plum, Zack Rushlo, Lucas Sidor, Santiago Vega and Caleb Flanigan.