Longview Fire Department reaches out to students

Monday, September 13, 2010 - 10:22am

The Longview Fire Department Exploring program is an opportunity for area High School students, ages 14-19, to learn about the Fire Service. Members meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Training topics and activities include leadership and command, technical skills, fire safety, and community service. After appropriate training, Fire Explorers can sign up for shifts at the Fire Station and respond with our crews on emergencies. The Longview Fire Department would like to recognize the School Districts (Longview, Pine Tree, and Spring Hill) openness and support in the Fire Explorer program. Parents who choose to encourage this mentoring program may contact the Longview Fire Department.

This relationship with the Fire Explorer program could evolve into participation in the Fire Departments Fire Apprentice Program. The newly approved Fire Apprentice program will allow the Longview Fire Department to hire and train candidates for firefighter/paramedic responsibilities. We need to hire about 8-12 firefighter/paramedics each year but finding fully certified candidates is not always possible. Fire Apprentices will be sent to the fire academy, EMT school, and will then participate in emergency response while progressing on to paramedic school. The entire program should take about 2 years to complete. Fire Apprentices will be paid full time wages throughout and all tuition expenses will be covered. While a similar program has been used in the past, the Fire Apprentice program, registered with the Federal Department of Labor, is able to significantly cut costs.

For more information about the Fire Explorer or Fire Apprentice programs, please contact the Longview Fire Department at 903-237-1150 or visit Fire.LongviewTexas.gov.

*** Please note, the Fire Explorer Program and the Fire Apprentice Program are two separate opportunities offered by the Longview Fire Department. Participation in the Fire Explorer Program is not a guarantee for future participation in the Fire Apprentice Program.

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