2018-08-17 / In the Know

What does it take to become an Explorer?

By Scott Vaughan
Special to the Leader

An Explorer is a young member of a community with an interest in public service. “Exploring” works in conjunction with Learning for Life and the Boy Scouts of America.

To become an Explorer you must be at least 14 years of age and no older than 21.

These extraordinary young people have chosen to become an Explorer to learn more about what it takes to enter a career in public safety and to give back to the community that they serve.

The Scarborough Police, Fire and EMS Explorer Post 883 is managed through the Scarborough Police Department as well as the Scarborough Fire Depart- ment.

Our Explorers meet weekly and learn different aspects of public safety through classroom as well as practical scenarios exercises.

The Scarborough Police Explorer Post meets Monday evenings at 5 p.m. and learn firsthand what it takes to be a police officer in the town of Scarborough.

Members of the post attend classroom trainings such as motor vehicle law, criminal law, emergency vehicle operations (EVOC), use of force and much more.

Police Explorers also have the opportunity to sit with dispatchers during their shift to get a firsthand glance of what our dispatchers do on a day to day basis.

They also have the opportunity to go on ride-a-longs that give the Explorer the chance to ride with a police officer while on their tour of duty.

The Scarborough Fire/EMS Explorer Post meet Sunday evenings at 5 p.m.

Fire/EMS Explorers attend classroom trainings and learn lifesaving skills and the ins and outs of firefighting and what it means to become a professional firefighter/EMS worker.

Fire/EMS Explorers are also given a chance to ride with fire department members while on their tour of duty.

In addition to hands-on training and community service events, Explorers rely heavily on fundraising for a variety of different reasons.

Every year, our posts have to apply for a renewal license for insurance fees paid to the Boy Scouts of America.

Explorers also use funds raised to purchase uniforms so that they may serve the community in a professional manner.

With that being said, the Scarborough Public Safety Explorer Posts 883 will host a golf tournament on 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the Willowdale Golf Course (52 Willowdale Road in Scarborough).

Money raised in the tournament will go to ensure our programs thrive and continue to serve the town of Scarborough.

For more information on how to help, please contact lead advisor Scott Vaughan at svaughan@scarboroughmaine.org.

Scott Vaughan is an officer with the Scarborough Police Department.

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