CONWAY F.D. STARTS EXPLORER POST

by Christian Mower on September 30, 2013

YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT THE JOBS OF FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL WILL GET THE CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT THEM IN CONWAY.

THAT’S BECAUSE THE CONWAY FIRE DEPARTMENT IS STANDING UP AN EXPLORER POST.

FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICE CAREER EXPLORING IS OPEN TO YOUNG WOMEN AND MEN AGES 14 AND UP WHO HAVE COMPLETED 8TH GRADE AND HAVE NOT YET TURNED 21.

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS THE IDEA CAME FROM ONE OF HIS FIREFIGHTERS, JOSH MacMILLAN, A 12-YEAR VETERAN. MacMILLAN’S FATHER PAUL WAS A FIREFIGHTER/EMT IN CONWAY AND JOSH WISHES THERE HAD BEEN AN EXPLORER POST PROGRAM WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER AND BECOMING INTERESTED IN WHAT HIS DAD WAS DOING.

SOLOMON RAN AN EXPLORER POST AT ANOTHER DEPARTMENT AND SAYS IT’S A RECRUITING TOOL.

THE CHIEF SAYS THE PROGRAM ALLOWS YOUNG ADULTS TO GET A HEAD START.

A PERSON CAN BECOME A REGULAR FIREFIGHTER WHEN THEY TURN 18.

POST MEMBERS WILL LEARN ABOUT EMERGENCY CALL PROTOCOLS, PROPER EQUIPMENT USE AND TEAM BUILDING – AND PARTICIPATE IN FIREFIGHTER TRAINING SCENARIOS. PARTICIPANTS CAN ALSO APPLY TO ATTEND FIREFIGHTER TRAINING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE’S FIRE ACADEMY NEXT SUMMER.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE EXPLORER POST PROGRAM IS INVITED TO ATTEND AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING MONDAY SEPT. 30 AT 6 P.M. AT THE CONWAY VILLAGE FIRE DEPARTMENT STATION HOUSE AT 128 WEST MAIN ST. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE DEPARTMENT AT (603) 447-2681.

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