Are You Between the Ages
of 14 and 18?
We Welcome You to Join Us!
The Pittsfield Fire
Department offers a great opportunity for young men and
women who have completed the eighth grade and are between
the ages of 14 and 18. That opportunity is to join and
become part of its Fire Service Explorer Post. Learn some
new skills, make some new friends, be a part of a team, and
help serve your community!
Fire Service Exploring is a worksite-based program developed
through the Boy Scouts of America. Fire Service
Explorer Posts help youth gain insight into a variety of
programs that offer hands-on career activities. For young
men and women who are interested in careers in the field of
fire service, or becoming volunteer members of the Fire
Department upon their 18th birthday, Exploring offers
experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on
activities that promote the growth and development of
adolescent youth. Exploring programs are based on five areas
of emphasis: career and volunteer opportunities, life
skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership
Here in Pittsfield, members of the Explorers Post have been
involved with varied activities over the past year, along
with their regular meetings and trainings. Activities have
included assisting with Fire Prevention Week programs, and
holding some fund raising events throughout the year to
raise money for educational materials and firefighting
clothing, including a pancake breakfast. The Explorer Post
has been very active in regular department trainings. Along
with their trainings, the Explorers also participate in many
fire station duties, such as washing the apparatus, sweeping
the floors and conducting tests of the emergency doors and
lights. The Explorers often assist with community event
coverage and also represent the Town by participating in
parades throughout the area.
Explorers are also allowed to
ride-along on Fire and EMS calls. Those Explorers who have
completed CPR, can apply for a NH EMS Apprentice license to
allow them to assist with patient care. Explorers are also
allowed to ride on fire calls. Explorers typically assist
the engineer and get tools for the firefighters.
Since the beginning of the year, the Explorers have been
involved with instruction during each training. Each
Explorer is assigned to one training. This is on a trial
basis, and so far has gone over well. We believe in the
theory that you learn more by teaching. Some of the trainings they are responsible for:
The Pittsfield Explorers Post meets every Thursday nights
from 6 to 8pm, with trainings on fire service
responsibilities being regularly conducted. Through the
program, pertinent introductory fire service skills are
taught and teamwork is developed.
The Pittsfield Explorers Post is directed by FF/ EMT Jim
Girard with the assistance and guidance of EMT Fallon Reed.
For more information, please call the station at 435-6807,
or join us at a meeting on Thursday night. New members are
encouraged to join at anytime throughout the year.