The Lafayette Fire Department and the Evangeline Area Council of Boy Scouts of America are continuing their Explorer Post Graduation program. The scouts are between the ages of 14 through 20 and mostly high school students. Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit says the training is to give scouts a chance to explore the career to see if they have interest.
“Kind of motivates them as well as keep them engaged a lot of times we lose a lot of kids on the high school level that don’t know what they want to do,” said Chief Benoit.
“Opportunities in the future where we will discussing more as far as youth being involved in the future, we will be bringing it out to the community,” added Boy Scouts District Executive Garrick Brown.
Benoit says the boys can continue the program until they want to stop or are ready to become a real firefighter. He and Brown say they plan to continue this partnership in the future.