The Evanston Fire Explorer Post 911 is a youth oriented program directed at helping young adults who have an interest in the fire service. Young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to become Fire Explorers with the Evanston Fire Department. Our program provides an opportunity for junior high, high school and college students to become familiar with career opportunities available in the fire service.
The program meets twice a month at one of the five Evanston Fire stations. Here, explorers are taught the basic skills of firefighting and EMS. 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. These qualities will benefit them not only in fire service careers, but also in future endeavors.
Fire Explorers wear a uniform and are provided with turn-out gear and other safety clothing. The program is designed to encourage and promote accountability, being safe, communication, teamwork, fitness and the development of leadership skills.
Evanston Fire Explorer Post 911