City Time Staff
The Stevens Point Fire Department has announced five more spots have opened for its popular Explorer’s program.
Known formally as Explorer Post 242 and open to anyone ages 15-20, the program exposes young adults to all aspects of emergency services, to include firefighting, some first aid training and other emergency skills and tactics.
Explorers perform most of the training in a hands-on environment, according to a news release from SPFD. Program participants also are active with public events, to include last year’s Safety Awareness Day sponsored in part by the department and held at Copps.
“They’ll be doing the same things our guys do,” Fire Chief Bob Finn said in 2014 when the program was re-instituted at the department. “From a recruitment standpoint this is ideal because we’ll know how many of kids locally would be interested in this kind of work.”
The program is conducted in partnership with the Boys Scouts Samoset Council/Mushkodany District, but young men and women are equally welcome.
Application packets for the program can be picked up at SPFD Station No. 1, 1701 Franklin St., beginning on Friday, Jan. 22.
All applications must be returned by Friday, Feb. 5 at 6 PM.
For more information, please contact Shane Westphal at the Stevens Point Fire Department at (715) 344-1833.