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Portland Fire Helps Youth "Exploring" Careers

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Young men and women from the Exploring worksite-based program arrived at Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Training & Safety Center in NE Portland just as fire personnel lit a tanker truck and 1972 Chevy van on fire.  As the flames rolled, 50 to 60 youth ages 14 to 20 gathered a safe distance away to watch PF&R Recruit Class 09-01 extinguish the fires using hose from a reserve apparatus. 

The young men and women visiting PF&R’s Training Center were participating in a career education program referred to as simply “Exploring.” The Exploring program provides experiences that help young people mature and helps prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Youth involved in the Exploring Program were invited to a “Portland After Dark” all night event that explored nighttime careers in Portland.  The careers included firefighting, SWAT, canine law enforcement, and general law enforcement. PF&R and other agencies such as the United States Coast Guard, Horizon Air, and Clackamas County Sheriffs Office took part in this unique learning experience.

After extinguishing the fire, firefighters from PF&R spoke to the youth. Firefighters discussed what it takes to be a firefighter and a leader in today’s world, what a typical day is like in the firefighting field, and how to be successful not only as a firefighter but as a citizen in their community. 

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April 27, 2010

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Aaron Olsen

March 1, 2016 at 9:19 PM

My name is Aaron Olsen and I'm a Health educator at Wilson High School, in Portland, OR. In the near future, we're (Wilson HS) is hoping to put together a EMS/First Aid and preparedness course. Many of our student have an interest in the Healthcare field and want to explore the importance of emergency care and preparedness. So our new course will offer opportunities for students to learn about various careers in the emergency services.

I am reaching out to you and your organization to see if potentially there are any resources to help or if your organization would like to be apart of the process.

I look forward to hearing back from you.
Aaron Olsen
Wilson HS

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