Explorer Post Information Needed
Hello everyone. My department used to have a junior firefighter program, but essentially dissolved due to a lack of interest (from both leadership and juniors), and the juniors we did have reached the age to become firefighters. I came into the fire service as an explorer when I was 13 years old, and remained one until my 18th birthday; therefore I know how beneficial a well ran explorer program can be to a department. A few months ago myself and another firefighter in my department were talking about volunteer recruitment and retention (primarily what can be done to help both); the first thing we thought of was starting an explorer post. The before mentioned thought turned into the two of us meeting with boyscout representatives the following week; with us beginning to write our program out the day after that. We have full support of admin in this project, which was the biggest fear we had. The primary problem we are running into now are the questions being asked by the higher-up's... I am aware of the insurance that is provided to advisers and explorers through the BSA, but I don't know the exact details of the insurance plan. Also, the primary worry of the department is do we need to add them onto the department's insurance? I have tried to find out exactly what the BSA's insurance plan covers, but I have had no luck; I have a call into the BSA to attempt to get more information on that. Can anyone help me with some information??? If at all possible I would like to gain some knowledge pertaining to the details of the insurance (supplied by BSA) (what does it cover, how much does it cover, etc...), if your department added the explorers to the department's insurance (if so, how much?), I will also take any rules and/or regulations, bylaws, outlines, mission statements (pretty much anything regarding an explorer program) for an explorer post/program. I have listed my email address at the bottom, thank you for any and all help you can offer!
Lt. Paul McNabb
Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department