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Mt. Juliet announces new Fire Explorer Program

From staff reports • Updated Nov 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Staff Reports

Mt. Juliet firefighters announced recently they plan to charter a new Fire Services Explorer post under the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life program.

The Fire Service Career Exploring program is open to young men and women ages 14 who have completed the eighth grade, but are not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of fire and emergency services.

The department’s leadership has been instrumental in organizing the Explorer Post to provide an opportunity for Mt. Juliet’s youth to learn more about the fire service.

An open house and registration event for interested participants to learn about the post is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Fire Station No. 1 at 104 Belinda Pkwy. in Mt. Juliet.

Upcoming activities will include introduction to the fire service, fire ground support functions and tours of other emergency service agencies such as Vanderbilt Lifeflight. Annual membership dues are $20. Participants will also be required to buy their uniforms.

“We felt that a post would provide students and young adults with great experience to see firsthand what firefighting and the emergency services are all about,” said fire Chief Erron Kinney. “Participants will have a chance to have actual hands-on training with the equipment and tools that are used in the field every day.”

The program provides a hands-on experience that exposes participants to many career experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path with fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizen of their community and country.

“It has been my goal to get this program started in Mt. Juliet. I entered the fire service in 1985 as an Explorer, and I owe so much to the program,” said Capt. Chris Allen, who is organizing the program. “This program helps young adults figure out what they do and don’t want to do as a career.”

Nationally, more than 22,500 explorers participate in more than 1,700 fire and emergency services posts. The program highlights include the National Fire and Emergency Services Exploring Conference, ride alongs, career achievement and proficiency awards, training scenarios and scholarship opportunities.

“Providing this experience not only allows Mt. Juliet youth to learn more about the fire service and explore it as a career option, but it also allows our department to potentially build capacity for future firefighters to service such a wonderful community,” said Assistant Chief Jamie Luffman.

For more information, contact Capt. Chris Allen at 615-686-7687.

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