Calling all youngsters interested in a career in fire service: the Mansfield Fire Department is launching a new program you're going to want to check out.
Open to youth age 14-21, the Mansfield Fire Explorers Post 7550 will give participants the chance to experience what it's like to serve as a firefighter, EMT or paramedic.
Mansfield firefighter Shawn Yerian said the program is geared toward Mansfield students, though those who live outside of city limits won't be turned away. "We're trying to encourage more interest in the fire service," Yerian said. "Across the country, including Ohio, there just seems to be a lack of people looking at the fire service right now, so we're trying to recruit youth."
Fire Service Exploring is a career-oriented program offered by Learning for Life, a branch of the Boy Scouts of America. The program is open to both males and females.