By Kate Rusch, Town of Estes Park, Public Information Officer
First in the nation where youth can explore career paths in Police, Fire and EMS
Estes Park is delighted to be the home of a groundbreaking new program-the first in the United States- to give young men and women ages 16 to 20 an opportunity to learn the range of career opportunities in three emergency services-police, fire and EMS. The Estes Park Police Department, Estes Valley Fire Protection District and Estes Park Medical Center EMS Ambulance Services have joined to offer Explorer Post 911, with twice monthly classroom instruction from career professionals plus hands-on training including ride-alongs with first responders. Explorers will also receive guidance to help them determine which career alternative may be best for them before they invest in further education and training. The program is a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Scout Program and the Estes Park High School Career Pathways program.
Explorer Post 911 is spearheaded by Police Chief Wes Kufeld. An Explorer graduate himself, Police Chief Wes Kufeld commented, "We're excited to offer local students hands-on experience in emergency services so we can ultimately recruit talented, dedicated young men and women into these critical public service careers." Kufeld shared, "Participating in the Explorer program as a youth in Fort Collins made a lifelong impression on me. I had an amazing time and, in the process, I learned that law enforcement was the right career for me. Afterward I became a Community Services Officer in Estes Park, worked on my education and training, and ultimately became Chief of the Estes Park Police Department."
Also supporting the Explorer Post 911 program are Fire Chief and Eagle Scout David Wolf, Estes Park Medical Center EMS Ambulance Director Guy Beesley, High School counselor Hannah Heckerson and Boy Scout volunteer and Eagle Scout Bill Marshall. The Post 911 Advisors who lead the program are Catherine Cornell (EMS Ambulance), Curt Plassmeyer (Police) and Brian Faith (Fire).
Explorer Post 911 is recruiting students beginning with an informational booth at high school registration day Aug. 9 and with an official registration session at 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Dannels Fire Station (901 N. Saint Vrain Ave.). The initial Explorer Post 911 program will take place through the 2017-2018 school year.
For more information, visit the booth at High School Registration Day, or contact Bill Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Explorer Post 911 program information will be posted at www.estes.org/post911 as it becomes available.