Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department

Three Junior Firefighters Continue Their Journey to Serve the Community


The Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department (CTVFD) is pleased to announce that Matthew Shockling, Michael Vintzel and Kyle Koehler recently obtained Junior Firefighter 1 Certifications from the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy this summer. The Junior Firefighter 1 Program is a nationally recognized, rigorous 5-week course that introduces participants to the basic skills of firefighting through both classroom sessions and hands-on training. This program is designed to allow members of the fire department under the age of 18 to obtain all the necessary training to become a certified firefighter in New Jersey. Once these members turn 18, they will each receive the official Firefighter 1 Certificates from the State of New Jersey and will be certified firefighters. 

Chief Matthew Lemons explained, “the CTVFD is fortunate to have a strong junior firefighting program.” Over the years, many junior members have continued their interest in public service by pursuing careers as firefighters and police officers, both within this state and throughout the country. “We are proud that Matthew, Michael and Kyle have continued this strong tradition and we know they will be valuable members of our department,” said Chief Lemons. 

The junior program at the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department program is open to young men and women ages 16 and 17 years. No prior experience is required and the department provides all training and gear. If you are interested in learning more, please email for more details.