The West Paterson Fire Department is currently conducting a junior firefighter class with seven recruits, under the direction of Assistant Chief Anthony Ficarra. The recruits meet weekly, where they drill on various things that junior firefighters are allowed to perform, such as hydrant operations, putting ladders up on buildings, and learning vehicle equipment in case they need to get something on a scene. Those interested in firefighting can join the program at age 16. The training will prepare them for the fire academy, which they must attend at age 18. New members, of all ages, are always welcome. To find out more, call 973-256-0640.