Young people considering a career in fire and emergency services can find out what it’s like behind the scenes through the Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services’ Explorer Program.

This coed program is designed for students ages 14-20 years old. Participants will work with and learn from the professionals of the Evanston Fire Department.

The program includes team-building exercises, information about emergency call protocols and firefighting policies and procedures, ride-alongs, hands-on experience with real fire and EMS equipment, and more.

An open house to introduce the program will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at fire heaquarters, 909 Lake St. Parents and guardians are invited to attend.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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