Explorer Post 1557 was established in October 2015 as a joint effort between Osage Ambulance District and the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life Program. The Explorer Post program through learning for life was established in 1988. Post 1557 provides youth in the Osage Ambulance District and surrounding areas the opportunity to explore a career in Emergency Medical Services. In addition to career exploration, the Explorer Post is designed to provide a link between the academic and career worlds and provides participants with a wide variety of real-world skills. These include character development, self-confidence, leadership skills, and social development. The post provides youth the opportunity to network among future peers in the working world, provides access to volunteer community service, and encourages group collaboration and teamwork.
Emergency Medical Service Exploring is a worksite-based program that helps youth gain insight into a variety of programs that offer career activities in the healthcare field. For youth who are interested in careers in the field of healthcare, the program offers experiential learning with plenty of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.
Learn first-hand how exciting the job of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics are by working side-by-side with actual EMT’s and Paramedics of Osage EMS. Following an introductory training program, EMS Explorers can have the ability to respond to real emergencies and assist them by performing routine, supervised tasks. EMS Explorers assist with virtually all routine tasks in the community and around the ambulance base, including community relations, event standbys, equipment and station maintenance, and training.
EMS Explorers wear a uniform, and are provided with helmets, turnouts, and other safety clothing when needed. They are welcome members of the ambulance crew when they volunteer.
Becoming an EMS Explorer is an excellent way to develop qualities and gain experience that will be helpful in nearly any field of endeavor.
To experience the excitement and challenge of being an Explorer, applicants must:
Be 14 to 19 years old
Have completed 8th grade
Maintain a 2.0 GPA with no failing classes
Be in good physical health and of good moral character
Complete and return the Explorer application
Pass an oral interview
Submit to a background investigation
Have parental or guardian consent
Osage Ambulance District is proud to sponsor Explorer Post 1557, and proud to make a positive impact on the lives of the youth participants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the EMS Program is coed.
To join the Explorer Post, youth must be at least 14 years old (and completed 8th grade), or 15-20 years old.
No, however, if there are more applicants than available spots in the program, priority will be given to Osage County residents.
Typically once a month, however, this may vary depending on scheduling.
This may vary, but it will typically be at Osage Ambulance District Base 1 at 119 Highway 89 South, Linn, MO.
Yes, absolutely! This is the whole point of the program. Involvement in certain activities is prohibited, but EMS Explorers will have the opportunity to watch these activities and learn about them.
It depends. Youth participants in Explorer Post #1557 must meet some very stringent requirements before being approved to participate in the ride along program. Sound maturity and judgement are essential so not all Post #1557 Explorers are guaranteed the opportunity to participate in the ride along program.
Yes! If parent(s), guardian(s), or other adults over twenty-one years old are interested, please have them contact us here or call 573-897-0044. Previous EMS experience is not a prerequisite. The role of adult advisors is to help provide supervision and oversight of the Explorer Post.
Yes, absolutely. The goal of Explorer Programs is to make them available to all who are interested. If you are involved in seasonal extracurricular activities and can’t commit for the full year, you can still be a member of the Explorer Post.
These questions help evaluate your suitability to be a member of the Explorer Program. The goal is to make the program available to everyone who is interested; however, certain academic deficiencies, disciplinary problems, and/or medical conditions may require closer review of your application. In some instances, these sorts of issues may limit participation in certain activities or prohibit youth from joining the Osage Ambulance District EMS Explorer Post.
Many Ambulance Districts requires applicants to undergo both a background check and polygraph (lie detector) in which applicants are asked about past illegal drug use and other illegal activities which are disqualifiers in the hiring process.
Interested or want more information?
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