Strengthening Local Youth Through EXPLORING: Fire & EMS

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What is Exploring:

The mission is to deliver character-building experiences and mentor-ship that allow youth to achieve their full potential in both life and work. The vision is to shape the workforce of tomorrow by engaging and mentoring today’s youth in career and life-enhancing opportunities. 

Exploring is all about helping young adults in sixth grade through 20 years old to make a more informed decision about future careers and determine if a particular career is the right one for them. Typically, a young adult will either: 1) get involved, learn about a career, and decide to pursue it; OR 2) learn enough about the career to determine it’s not the right fit for them. It’s better to learn as a young adult that a career is not for you, than after spending lots of money on an education only to THEN discover you don’t like the career!

Exploring leaders volunteer their time to provide real-world career experiences for young adults. Exploring is not about lectures and slide shows - it’s about gaining practical experience in a career field. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop. 

Explorers with the Mansfield Fire Department will get to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a volunteer or full-time firefighter and emergency service provider through firefighting training and ride-alongs during actual fire calls. 

Explorers Will: 

Learn important leadership skills.

Participate in hands-on projects to give them a real feel for whether this career is the right one for them.

Network with professionals who work in these careers daily and who use the latest technology.

Learn about the educational requirements for a career in fire and emergency services and receive tangible advice on steps they can take now to prepare and position themselves for a successful career in the field of fire and EMS. 

Fire & EMS Exploring Offers the Following Benefits:

  • Improved self-confidence
  • Leadership experience and social network development
  • Fun and Exciting “hands-on” career experiences
  • Community service opportunities
  • College & Career Readiness preparation
  • Scholarship opportunities

The Most Popular Fire & EMS Careers Include:

• Fire fighter
• Paramedic
• Emergency services coordinator
• Forest Firefighter
• Emergency Shelter Managers
• Ski patrol
• Search and rescue
• Fire inspector, investigator


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