The Explorers are teenagers between the ages of 14 to 18 who are interested in firefighting and EMS careers. They meet monthly to learn about these fields and to receive hands on experience in the fire and medical professions. At the state competition the Matthews Explorers competed against eight other teams in written, oral and practical examinations, a tug of war, a relay race, and various other races using fire equipment.
They won the written examination competition, placed second in the equipment practical competition and won third place in the oral examination. This is the first time the Matthews Fire & EMS Explorers have participated in the competition.
The Explorers program just started a year ago in Matthews.
Exploring is a program through the Boy Scouts of America which gives both females and males a chance to explore different career paths. They meet the first Saturday and the third Thursday of each month. Explorers are taught subjects such as CPR, first aid, fire hose training, ladder evolutions and pump operation.
At age 16, Explorers may begin taking classes through CPCC to become fully certified firefighters.
If you are interested in joining the Explorers call 704-847-9400.