The Lanesborough Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Junior Firefighter Academy from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, to prepare the next generation of first responders.

The Junior Fire Academy will help teens to find out more about firefighting, gain skills such as teamwork and leadership, and learn the value of volunteerism and community service.

In partnership with the Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighter Association and the Berkshire Fire Chief Association, the Fire Department has planned an extensive schedule of events. Teens will participate at eight hands-on stations, each designed to help them learn about techniques for fire and emergency response.

Applicants must be members of a fire department that has a Junior Firefighter Program or Fire Explorer Program.

Interested junior firefighters can contact Deputy Fire Chief Butch Garrity at