Explorer Post offers firefighter training


FIVE AREA VOLUNTEER fire departments - Ada, Franklin, Haven, Howards Grove and Johnsonville - are joining together to sponsor the 5-Star Fire Explorer Post 9005 offering hands-on training (above and below) to young people interested in becoming firefighters. — Submitted photos FIVE AREA VOLUNTEER fire departments - Ada, Franklin, Haven, Howards Grove and Johnsonville - are joining together to sponsor the 5-Star Fire Explorer Post 9005 offering hands-on training (above and below) to young people interested in becoming firefighters. — Submitted photos 5 Star Fire Explorer Post #9005 Fire Service Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age, or 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday.

The group consists of five area fire departments from Ada, Haven, Howards Grove, Johnsonville, and Franklin Fire Departments. The five departments feel there is a need to offer the youth a view of what it means to serve your community and learn the basics of firefighting in a safe and controlled manner to learn the life skills needed in this area of service to grow the individual while providing a needed service.

The five departments will split the time between of training the explorer to get a better rounded idea of what fire fighting skills are needed to serve the community and get proficient in this area if the explorer would choose this area of profession.

The explorers will be shown the basics in firefighting and skills needed and also develop their own leadership skills. The post will have ample opportunities for service and actually start their own business meeting and run there own club with guidance from the advisors if needed.

There will be training and business meetings held each month divided by the five departments and will offer many activities within the guidelines set forth by the exploring group.

Fire Service Explorer posts help youth gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of fire service, Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.

Exploring has five areas of emphasis, with the first being career opportunities by boosting self confidence and creating an experience of success which should carryover to school and work. The next area is citizenship where we encourage the skill and desire to help others and thus learning about the keen respect for basic rights to others. Another very important emphasis is on leadership as we will develop leadership skills to fulfill their responsibility to society by exposing them to different styles and diverse area’s for them to gain exposure and learn from. The fourth area is on life skills in which we will develop physical and mental fitness and also experiencing positive social interaction. The last area of emphasis is character education where we would help guide the explorers in making ethical choices and fulfilling ones responsibility to society as a whole.

Anyone interested in checking out this group is invited you to contact Ed Karstaedt at 980-8053 or Mark Eichhorst at 980-8670.

A parent should help complete the application as there is a small fee for being a member.


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