The Movement of Youth Firefighters "Young Firefighter" has over 10 years of history as an attractive form for raising the adolescent fire culture. More than 20 teams are formed annually in the Smolyan District Fire and Rescue Regional Departments. Teams include children from 12 to 16 years of age. In winter, theoretical classes are held, and in the spring young firefighters, under the guidance of local officials, conduct training and sporting competitions. This is synchronized with the out-of-school curriculum in the secondary education system. The "Young Firefighter" is increasingly popular, with the motivation for student membership growing.
Everyday children are given free access to quality sports facilities and leisure time instructors and sports and technical skills for students. This promotes fire-application sports among children who are not included in the curriculum. Increased readiness for correct responses to crisis situations through a team formed and trained. Creating teamwork, discipline and tolerance habits as basic principles for firefighting. During the training, children are interested in various topics in the field of fire and are involved in all disciplines. This contributes to improving their physical capacity and readiness to respond appropriately to fires and crisis situations. Each year the competitions pass with great interest among children, which strengthens their racing spirit and desire for victory, showing different knowledge and skills.
Sports activities include two disciplines - "Combat Trail Run" and "400-meter Relay Race."
Regional Directorate Smolyan has twice won and worked on the project "Sports in the Fire", implemented under the program "Sports for children in the free time" of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Interestingly, children with disabilities also participate in the lessons, helping them to socialize and acquire useful knowledge and skills with everyone else.
For 6 years Regional Directorate Smolyan participated in international exchange as a partner of Smolyan municipality with the Republic of Hungary under the initiative "European Youth for Safety". Children from Smolyan took part in international competitions in Hungary for four consecutive years, as well as the Hungarian youths.