What is an Explorer Post? Exploring is part of the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life Program. An Explorer Post helps young people, aged 14-21 (and have completed the 8th grade), to mature and prepare to become responsible, caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities. They are ready to begin exploring who they are and what they want to become. Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their community. A well-rounded Post Program not only provides career information and experiences, but also includes five other experience areas. These include mental and physical fitness, social, citizenship, service, and outdoor activities.
What is our mission; the mission of Explorer Post 1666 is to provide the youth of Ashburn and surrounding areas, an insight into the field of Emergency Medical Services & Fire Fighting. It is also our purpose to help these same young adults mature and prepare them to become responsible, caring, and productive adults who will become the future of The Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department or become an integral part of another local agency offering fire and emergency medical services.
What we do; once an explorer has received basic training in EMS/Fire, they may be permitted to respond with their sponsoring fire department, but under Learning for Life regulations, Explorers are prohibited from performing both as trained emergency personnel and as rescue personnel. Certain local, state, and federal laws as well as National BSA Regulations restrict the duties an Explorer can perform on a fire ground.
Training and duties; The EMS & Fire Service Explorer Post does not train Explorers to a level of certification, but does offer correct methodology for tasks that the Explorer may encounter upon official entry into the EMS & fire service. There are strict guidelines and regulations that must be followed for the Explorer’s safety as outlined by Learning for Life and the Boy Scouts of America. Explorers may receive verbal lectures, practical skill assessments, scenario mitigation, and other methods of instruction. There are no regulations for instructors as many are members of the sponsoring fire department(s) sharing their knowledge on a less than standardized level.
Medical training; Most Explorer Posts offer a minimum of First Aid along with CPR/AED/ training. Medical training is provided while following strict local, state, and federal requirements, which may vary vastly depending on location.
Explorers Candidates should remember that this program is for “exploring” the possibility of a future with a fire department and that they are not permitted by law to perform as firefighters or emergency medical personnel.
For more information, please check out the following web site. http://www.exploring.org/fire-ems