New Hanover County, NC – New Hanover County Fire Rescue (NHCFR) is launching a new Explorer Post Program, inviting youth ages 14-18 to learn about firefighting, participate in activities and training, and receive mentorship throughout the year.
To kick-off the Explorer Post Program, an open house will be held Monday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Murrayville Fire Station 17, located at 5901 Murrayville Rd. in Wilmington.
“The Explorer Post Program provides young women and men interested in firefighting first-hand experience and one-on-one mentorship to discover their future in a safe and controlled setting,” said New Hanover Fire Rescue Chief Donnie Hall. “Throughout the year, participants will be able to take part in activities that help them explore their interest in Fire Rescue and prepare them for professional training later.”
Monday’s open house is a free event to show youth what they can expect as an Explorer Post participant. Attendees will be able to use virtual reality goggles to walk through a home destroyed by fire, learn hands-only CPR and “stop the bleed” techniques, try on firefighter gear and extinguish a fire with training props, among other activities.
The Explorer Post Program will meet twice a month on Tuesday nights at different fire stations around the county, and will combine classroom training with hands-on lessons. There is a $33 fee per participant, and financial assistance is available through NHCFR. Attending the open house is not required to register for the program.
To sign-up for the Explorer Post Program, or for more information, contact NHCFR at 910-798-7420.