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July 18, 2012

Interested in learning about a career in firefighting and emergency services?

Want to participate in firefighting training and riding along on calls? The Fire and Emergency Service Career Exploring program at the Big Spring Fire Department may be for you.

Fire and Emergency Service Career Exploring is open to young men and women ages 14 (and who have completed the eighth grade) and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field.

“It is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career experiences, leadership opportunities and community service activities,” said Brian Sweeney, Lone Star District executive. “The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and country.”

Those participating will experience firsthand what it’s like to be a volunteer or full-time firefighter and emergency service provider through training and ride-alongs during actual fire calls.

Participants will develop:

Leadership Skills
Respect for firefighters and explorers
New personal skills

Participants will learn:

 Emergency call protocols
 Firefighting policies and procedures
Team Building
Proper Equipment Usage

Those taking part will have an opportunity to participate in:

Fire fighting training scenarios i.e. buildings
Ambulance calls
National and Regional Events

It's an opportunity to discover if this is a future career for you.
You will learn about the educational requirements for a career in fire and emergency service.

The program provides the following benefits:
Improved self-confidence
Leadership experience and social network development
Fun and Exciting “hands-on” career experiences
Community service opportunities
College and career readiness preparation
Scholarship opportunities

When do meetings take place?

Posts typically meet on a monthly basis during the school year. Most programs parallel the high school calendar and begin in the fall. There are a number of programs that start at other times during the year to meet the needs of the host organization and participants. Programs are flexible enough to fit in with other activities.

Program Costs:

Participation fees are $15 per year.

For more information about Exploring, contact Sweeney at 432-212-3577 or

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