MASON CITY – The Mason City Fire Department’s Fire Explorers are serving breakfast to help youth explore careers as public servants.
MCFD Fire Explorer Post 2300 is a program for young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 interested in exploring fire or emergency medical services careers. This nation‐wide program has competitions, conferences and camps throughout the year.
“Most of these competitions do not have any participation fees, but we have to get our Explorers to these competitions and make sure they have food and drinks throughout the day,” according to Firefighter Neil Maki, who heads up the Department’s Explorer Program.
“We have received great support from local foundations and service groups in helping us start this program within the past year with equipment purchases,” according to Firefighter Cal Wyman, another firefighter who generously donates his time and talents. But it is important that the Explorers learn about community involvement and community support. The Explorers worked together as a team to come up with ideas on how to cover the costs of food and drink when participating in competitions.
“What better way, than a fundraiser and having breakfast together on a Saturday,” jokes Firefighter Mitch Smith, another mentor in the Explorer Program. “So, please join us for a firehouse breakfast of waffles and sausage on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We will be serving on the far west side of Fire Headquarters. Tickets are $10.00.”
The Fire Department requests that the public not to park in the Department’s parking lot or in Quality Inn’s parking lot.
Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to help offset the cost for our Explorers planning to attend competitions in Minnesota in April and August.