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Imagine the excitement of riding in a fire engine on your way to an emergency call with lights and sirens. Your heart is pounding as the truck weaves its way through traffic and you struggle to get your bunker coat zipped up. As you arrive you can see the smoke billowing from the eaves of a house and you jump out of the truck ready to go to work. Sound like something that you might like? If so, you could be part of a very rewarding program: Fire Explorers sponsored by Delray Beach Fire-Rescue Department.

This program is geared toward youths aged 15-21 years old exploring a career in the Fire Service. Members are exposed to the rigorous work that firefighters perform every day which allows them to decide if it will be the career they want to pursue. Explorers perform community service by attending street cleanups, Fire Station open houses, public education seminars, and various relay benefits. Members attend meetings twice a month which allow them to learn about the fire service under the guidance of trained firefighters. Each member is issued a uniform and bunker gear that they use during training at the department. They are able to participate in the departments Ride-along program, which matches qualified Explorers with career firefighters. This enables them to ride on shift and see the job up close and personal, going to all the calls and gaining insight into what it takes to do the job.

Each year the Post participates in Firematics competitions, the annual Fire Service Leadership weekend and attends the Fire-Rescue East conference sponsored by the Florida Fire Chiefs Association.

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Fire Station 1, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. So if you think you've got the right stuff, come see what you've been missing.

If you are interested in learning more about the Explorer Program, please email explorerpost320@mydelraybeach.com.  Additional information can be found on our Facebook page for Delray Beach Fire Rescue Explorer Post 320.


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