This volunteering opportunity was the first time they had seen each other since a statewide stay-at-home directive was issued by California Gov. The Moreno Valley Fire Explorer Program is a youth program organized through Learning For Life. But instead of sweating side by side through physical training together, this year’s trainees must submit a log with a checklist of exercises they must perform on their own. Department personnel, family … However, the makeshift quarantine center went unused. Explorer posts have been a powerful recruitment tool for police and fire departments, and most advisors involved with them are optimistic the program will survive. Mike Ramirez said. The training program is intense and demanding, however the rewards are increased character and the understanding of what it takes to pursue a career in the fire service. And we will get through it.”. Changes in these outreach efforts illustrate how dramatically COVID-19 has altered the way people live in California. At least 160 potential volunteers were three sessions into the 16-week Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Explorer Academy, which began on Saturday, Feb. 1, before all public gatherings in California were prohibited for the foreseeable future, Lt. It places young people between ages 14 and 21 into volunteer positions at local posts across the country. She resides at the program’s office on the campus of the Sheriff’s Training Academey and Regional Services Center campus. The program switched to a distance learning format after a pandemic of COVID-19 led to a prohibition of all public gatherings in California. Fire Explorer Academy Videos. Eric is based out of the Orange County Register and reports on crime and public safety for the Southern California News Group. “We want the public to adhere with public health recommendations and the Governor’s order. Copyright City of Moreno Valley, All Rights Reserved. The status of explorer gatherings scheduled through the remainder of 2020 is unclear. They laughed and told jokes while tossing kitchenware or toiletries to each other and taping up boxes, suggesting smiles beneath the cloth covering their mouths and noses. The trainees were all volunteers, after all, and free to leave at will. The explorers receive training similar to volunteer and professional firefighters, including basic fire chemistry, hose evolutions, ladder operations, medical and CPR training, hazardous materials, and auto extrication. Those offer hands-on experience in one of 12 career fields. Aylin Alfaro (R), 18, tosses a roll of toilet paper to fellow Long Beach Police Department Explorer Abigail Duarte (L), 17, The two volunteered to help collect unused supplies on Tuesday, April 14, from trailers that would have been intended for first responders suspected of exposure to the novel coronavirus. The handkerchiefs protecting the noses and mouths of Long Beach Police Department Explorers Abigail Duarte (L), 17, and Ashly Bello (R), 15, slip for just a moment as the two friends giggle and catch up with each other. That goes with school kids too. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Explorer Academy recruit attends an online lecture from LASD Sgt. They don’t have to wear their uniforms, which means nobody is getting chewed out for dress code errors that might have been caught by discerning instructors. Participants in the Orange County Sheriff’s Explorer Academy on Feb. 14 perform push-ups together at Irvine Regional Park. This morning, Firefighters and Fire Explorers from the Beaumont Battalion pitched in to help one of our own. We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. Recordings of lectures are available for only a brief window of time after meetings in an effort to promote accountability. Select a tab below for more information on Moreno Valley volunteering... Moreno Valley Volunteer Reserve Firefighters assist the Moreno Valley Fire Department in firefighting activities and the provision of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions. (Eric Licas, Orange County Register/SCNG). It’s unclear if an academy scheduled for July through August in Sacramento will proceed. Instructors cover all of the lecture topics included in the academy’s regular curriculum, and cadets are able to send questions in real time to a second drill sergeant or staff member moderating each session. He was 15 years old then, and didn’t blame those other kids for opting out of the near-constant scrutiny from screaming drill sergeants and rigorous physical training. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Explorer Academy cadet Rhonda is a “model example” of how participants in the rigorous 16-week program need to be dressed while training is in session, Drill Sgt. For him and many of his fellow explorers, the stressors that led some to quit were an essential part of a training exercise that became a right of passage. (Eric Licas, Orange County Register/SCNG). “But we are adaptive, I think, just like every part of society in the United States. However, she’s developing an online curriculum so that her volunteers can continue to learn, refine their existing skills and, most importantly, stay in touch with one another. “Plus, I really miss having them around,” Ledesma said through a disposable mask. Explorers are taught how to be independent and work as a team. Where is power out on second day of strong Santa Ana winds, high fire risk? But they are trained to persevere. Youths involved with posts at fire departments and law enforcement agencies take part in training academies and competitions that test explorers’ minds, bodies and determination. Regular meetings and most activities for the program they volunteer for have been suspended in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “You do lose some impact when you’re not here physically,” Medrano said. Law Enforcement Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America that gives young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21 a hands-on look at what a career in law enforcement is about. They volunteer for the Long Beach Police Department Explorer Post, a vocational training program that has mostly been suspended in light of a COVID-19 pandemic. “If one of them would have contracted it prior to getting here it could have spread like wildfire through the explorer ranks,” he said. Since this epidemic, our program has been put on hold for now but we are looking forward to the day all of our volunteers come back and things go back to ‘normal.’”. We had VCP vehicles out almost daily. Events. Riverside Police Explorers Post 714, Riverside (Californie). Steve West said. That includes, for example, Officer Brittney Gutierrez, who had overseen the Volunteer Community Patrol (VCP) program at the LAPD’s Topanga Division. Many of them have remained with Riverside County and are now assigned to the Temecula Station and involved in training the next group of young men and women who are looking for a rewarding career. “It’s been tough not being able to see their faces.”. The East Moreno Valley Fire Explorer Post #958 is located at Moreno Fire Station 58 at 28040 Eucalyptus Avenue.Â For more information on this Explorer Post, please call 951.924.6860. If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. The City of Moreno Valley relies on volunteers to help provide community services and programs that the City could not otherwise afford to offer its citizens.Â The Volunteer Program provides a broad source of expertise and talent for City programs and an avenue for citizens to participate in their local government.Â. (From left to right) Long Beach Police Department Explorers Mark Working, 18, Israel Anaya-Morales, 20, Mathew Sutfin, 17, and Aylin Alfaro, 18, gather supplies on Tuesday, April 14, from a makeshift quarantine center that had gone unused. “The Department has suspended all volunteer programs, including the Explorer program,” wrote Juan Silva, a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, in an e-mail. Officials are still receiving and reviewing applications from youths interested in joining one of the Fire Department’s 11 explorer posts, but all in-person activities have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, County Fire Department Capt. Exploring is a vocational mentoring program that began as an offshoot of the Boy Scouts of America. “We had a guest speaker come in and he talked to us about, like, safe teenage driving, and just to be more careful on the road.”.