02/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 18:19
Los Angeles County Fire Department explorers celebrate the upcoming academy at Family Day. Photo credit: Richard Williams.
by Kaelyn Floyd
On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the Los Angeles County Fire Department held Family Day as a start to the 60th Explorer Academy. Family Day was held at the Del Valle Regional Training Facility in Castaic.
Fire Chief Daryl Osby and Acting Assistant Fire Chief Henry Rodriguez were in attendance to greet the explorers and their families. Osby offered words of encouragement and support to the young men and women as they embarked on their new journey.
Seventy-one explorers will begin the 60th LACoFD Explorer Academy on February 10, 2018. Photo courtesy Richard Williams.
Family Day allows parents of the soon to be certified fire explorers to preview their children's upcoming experience over the next six weekends. The parents watched their children learn to march and participated in a question and answer discussion to address all of their concerns. Seventy-one explorers are expected to attend the academy at the Del Valle Regional Training Facility starting February 10, 2018.
The Explorer Academy gives young adults the opportunity to learn about the fire service and volunteer at a fire station. These young adults come from throughout Los Angeles County to take part in the academy. As a certified explorers, they will participate in hands-on training, experience a full 24-hour shift at a fire station and experience a ride-along on an engine.