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Explorer Post 690
The purpose of Explorer Post 690, is to provide a unique opportunity for teens 14 to 18 years of age firsthand experience in emergency services. The goals of the Wantagh Fire Department, as the sponsor of the Post, is to encourage these youngsters to strengthen their interest in the fire service and at age 18, join the ranks of the Wantagh Fire Department.
The Wantagh Fire Department supports this goal by providing an opportunity for the Explorers to learn more about the science of fire fighting and emergency medical services. Each meeting, training is provided by members of the Wantagh Fire Department. Classroom instruction and hands on training in many of the facets of fire fighting and emergency medical services are provided at our training facility. Explorers learn the terminology and scientific principles of the fire fighter's role in the fire service when in the classroom. They attend lectures by experienced fire fighters, view videos of actual fire and emergency situations and then go outdoors to participate in hands on experiences under the strict supervision of experienced fire fighters. Each year, topics of Emergency Medical Services, Vehicle Extrication, (including the use of Air Bags, Hand Tools and Power Tools), Engine Appliances & Extinguishers, Hazardous Materials Operation, Ladder and Truck Tools, are some of the scheduled training sessions.
Throughout the course of the school year, Sept. thru June, Explorers are exposed to many of the probationary course topics that all fire fighters must take and pass. This includes everything except indoor live fire training. Explorers utilize the same personal protective gear that EMT and firefighter use, including Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Explorers are certified each year in CPR/AED and First Aid, through the Nassau County Emergency Medical Services Academy. They may become a NYS certified First Responder and/or Emergency Medical Technician, if the opportunity arises.
The Explorers are involved in other activities. The Explorers participate in the Fire Prevention Program by assisting with demonstrations. They march with the Wantagh Fire Department in the Memorial Day Parade, July 4th Parade and the 6th Battalion Parade. The Explorers have been active in assisting at many of the department activities. The Explorers participate in several Musters. They have put together a team to compete against about 15 other Explorer Posts or Juniors. Some of the events are running hose, ladder climbs, efficiency, etc. Over the years, they have won many awards.
In the summer, the Explorers participate in the Putnam County Fire Explorer weekend. They camp out and meet and socialize with other youngsters from all over the region. On Saturday, they participate in skills training. Sunday, they participate in a skills competition usually based upon the prior days training at the Putnam County Fire Service academy. Explorers who have gone on to join the ranks of the Wantagh Fire Department, as well as careers in the Emergency Services field measure the success of the program. Since the Explorer Post's beginning, many Explorers have joined the Wantagh Fire Department. A few have become EMTs. Others have been elected to firematic officers. The program provides Explorers with career options and exposes them to the world of Emergency Services.
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