CONCORD — Fire Explorers Adam Huckins of Bristol/Alexandria Fire service, Kaitlyn Lyman of Campton-Thornton Fire, and James Wieliczko of the Holderness Fire service attended the 22nd Annual Fire Explorer Training Academy that was held at the New Hampshire Fire Academy.
The Explorer Fire Academy provides young men and women 14 to 20 with an intense physical and educational program to experience life as a firefighter recruit. The Explorers were trained in the history and orientation of the fire service, personal protection equipment (PPE), self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), forcible entry, ropes and knots, forestry, salvage and overhaul, extinguishers, hoses and streams, building search, auto extrication, and rappelling. They had first-hand experiences in the suppression of forest fires, residential, dumpster, vehicle and aircraft fires.
The Fire Explorer program develops leadership skills and interest in careers in firefighting and emergency medical services. Career consideration might include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, forest fire fighters, search and rescue services, ambulance crew, and firefighting. Firefighters also train in confined space rescue, ice rescue, swift water rescue, high angle rescue, and hazardous material operations.