By Marj Frew
Christian Jessop, 16, a sophomore, at Bennett County High School, is involved in Art Club, JAG, Welding, and Science Club.
Along with the normal extracurricular activities of a teenager, Christian is also an Explorer in the Martin Volunteer Fire Department.
The Explorer program is a national endeavor by the Boy Scouts of America, open to young men and women, who are at least 14 years old, and a freshman, who have an interest in learning more about careers in the field of fire or emergency services.
Christian began his firefighting career in August of this year, saying “It kind of seemed interesting, so I figured I’d try it. I like it because after school sometimes I get to go to meetings. I did one training on Awareness Hazmat, and have my certification.”
His duties as an Explorer are very much like an adult firefighter. “If you’re called to go out to a fire, you go.” He explained the use of technology in an app which fire fighters use to know if they are near the area they are being called to.
“I go to the meetings and the fires. They might have me as Smokey Bear this year!”
(See p. 1, 10-2-2019 edition for full text)
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