Young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 who are interested in fire service careers are invited to learn about the Evanston Fire Department’s “Explorer” program at an open house tomorrow.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fire Department headquarters, located at 909 Lake St.

The Evanston Fire Explorer Post 911 meets twice a month at one of the five Evanston fire stations, where participants get a behind-the-scenes look at jobs in the fire service.

Much of the training is hands-on with supervision from instructors from within the department.  Post meetings also include public service projects that help to promote the fire department.

Explorers will also have the opportunity to utilize their hard work and training by responding to emergencies through the “ride-along” program.  Explorers assist with virtually all routine tasks in the community and around the fire station, including community relations, fire prevention, equipment and station maintenance, and training.

The program covers information about emergency call protocols, firefighting policies and procedures, while giving participants hands-on experiences with real life fire and emergency medical equipment.

Additional information about the program is available on the city’s website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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