For the past several years, teens have learned how to save lives through the Capron Rescue District’s Explorer Initiative. They’re once again on the hunt for new young recruits.
“We’re going to teach a lot of the first aid stuff, CPR,” said Public Relations Coordinator Joanna Erber. “We might be doing some field trips to hospitals, dispatch centers, so they can see all aspects of CMS and the medical field.”
EMT Justin Smeja knows first-hand how the program can serve as the foundation for a career.
“When I was young, I was in the explorer program,” Smeja said. “I did that for about 5 years, so it’s something that I have knowledge on and I’m kind of excited that we were able to get up and get going.”
As a teen, Smeja attended an open house just like Tuesday’s. After that, he was hooked.
“What I’m excited about is, to be able to allow these kids to come in and do hands-on things and to be able to take them on field trips,” Smeja said.
There are a few requirements to make the team. Kids must be between 14 and 17 years old, have a 3.0 GPA, attend meetings regularly, have good moral character, and be able to work in teams.
“It will and does have a great impact on children,” Smeja said. “It provides them not only something that’s career oriented, but at the same time, it’s giving them something to do that they like to do.”
Classes begin April 4th and Capron Rescue District is still accepting applications.