A group of Lubbock teenagers spent their Saturday preparing to save lives. They are part of the Lubbock Fire Department's Fire Explorer Post. Saturday afternoon, crews got accustomed to their gear.
It is bulky, heavy, and hot. The teens packed on the gear, experiencing all the bells and whistles behind firefighting. The goal is give those interested in a fire service career, real experience, so they can see what the job really is. "Once they get far enough along, then they get to go into the training field and will actually do the burn house and flashover containers," said advisor Barry Ross.
Saturday, students completed search and rescue exercises. "It's really beneficial to them if they decide that the career they want is a firefighter. They are so far ahead, as far as the academy stuff goes, when they're trying to get on," said Barry.
Students can start the program when they are 14-years-old, and take part in the training until they are 21. From there they can become Fire Explorer Post Teachers themselves, or begin their career battling blazes. "I think it would be really neat if I actually got to see one of my kids become a firefighter," said Barry.
Alumni of Lubbock's first Fire Explorer program now hold several prominent positions within the department, including Fire Chief Steve Hailey.
The department is seeking new members for post 451. The Explorers meet every Saturday at Fire Training from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fire Training is located at 1515 E. Ursuline. For more information or question you may contact Lubbock firefighter Barry Ross at 781-4719.