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Press Releases / 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 18, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY:

FDNY HOSTS YOUTH EXPLORING PROGRAM IN HARLEM
TO ENCOURAGE FEMALE AND MINORITY INTEREST IN
FIRE AND EMS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The Fire Department tomorrow will host a Youth Exploring Program presentation at the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem. The Youth Exploring Program gives high school students ages 14 to 20 the opportunity to learn about career opportunities in the Fire Department. The three-hour program will include demonstrations of fire and EMS apparatus and tools and opportunities for students to interact with firefighters, EMT’s and paramedics.

The FDNY’s Exploring Program is part of the Department’s Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives Unit. This after school program, which has its roots in the 1960s, teaches students about fire and EMS service, including hands-on training in CPR, first aid, ladder raises, hose advances and non-ambulatory transports. Students meet once a week for two hours and have opportunities to visit firehouses and EMS stations and participate in other Fire Department activities. The Explorer Program currently has nine “Explorer Posts” located throughout the City (two in each borough, with the exception of Staten Island), where students meet and attend classes.

WHO:

Deputy Commissioner for Administration Douglas White; Fire Department Recruiting Personnel; High School students ages 14-20 interested in FDNY career opportunities

WHAT:

Introduction to Youth Exploring Program by Deputy Commissioner White; EMS and Fire Presentations, which include apparatus and tool demonstrations and youth interactions with Fire and EMS personnel

WHERE:

Magic Johnson Theater, 300 West 125th Street, Manhattan

WHEN:

Thursday, February 19, 2004 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Virginia Lam (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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