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Aspiring Firefighters Get Surprise Visit

Aspiring firefighters from Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs recently got a surprise visit from an author who visited the North Pinellas Fire Explorer Post #969.

Thanks to Liz Monforti at Palm Harbor Fire Rescue for passing this information along.

Chief Laskey, author of the best-selling book “Pride and Ownership-A Firefighter’s Love of the Job” published by PennWell Books recently made a surprise visit to the North Pinellas Fire Explorer Post #969. It was a great experience for these up and coming students who have an interest in a career as a Firefighter.

The Tarpon Springs Fire Department Explorer Post #969 was established on September 9, 1998. Under the direct leadership of firefighter advisors, young men and women experience first-hand what it would be like to choose a career as a firefighter.  The Explorer program operates under the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America.

On September 19th, 2001 (postponed due to the 9/11 attacks) The North County Explorer Post 969 became a joint effort with Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue and Palm Harbor Special Fire District.

An Explorer gets classroom as well as practical training. Knowledge and skill level will include: ropes and knots, ladder evolutions, CPR and First-Aid Training / Certification, control of bleeding and fire extinguisher training.

A Ride-Along Program also allows Explorers to ride on the fire apparatus. Explorers who have reached a proficient level of training can accompany firefighters to medical and fire emergencies. 

Meetings are held every Wednesday night from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Fire Department, 444 Huey Ave. in the Public Safety Building.  This program is run by the Explorers under the guidance of the advisors.

Students should be between the ages of 14-21. For more information contact Tarpon Springs Deputy Chief, Executive Director Donald Sayre at 938-3737.

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