The Swansea Fire Department established an Explorer Post through the Boy Scouts of America in December 1990. The post allowed for high school age teenagers to be “Jr Firefighters” and learn about firefighting activities. A number of these Explorers eventually became firefighters, not only on Swansea Fire Department, but departments across the nation.
Today the Explorer Post is simply known as the Cadet Program. There is no longer an affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, and the cadet program is governed by the fire department.
The Cadets meet each Monday evening for training just like the firefighters do, sometimes training right alongside the firefighters.
In addition several Cadet Weekends are held throughout the year that range from an overnight stay to all weekend long training scenarios.
To be eligible for membership in the cadet program teens must be between the ages of 13 to 21 years of age, be enrolled in high school or graduated, have satisfactory grades and have parental consent. Cadets DO NOT have to reside in the Village of Swansea.
For more information contact Lt. Jason Whitaker or firefighter Brett Korves.