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Mastic Fire Department youth group honored by FASNY

Mastic Fire Department ExplorersThe Mastic Fire Department Explorer Post (Post 512) has been named the 2017 Youth Group of the Year by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. The award was presented in a ceremony at the Mastic Fire Department headquarters on Wednesday, July 12th, by FASNY 1st Vice President Steven Klein and other FASNY officials. This honor is bestowed once per year upon a single youth group in New York State by FASNY’s committee on Youth in the Fire Service in recognition of the recipient’s dedication to both fire safety and community service.
The Mastic Fire Department Explorer Post is dedicated to turning young Explorers into responsible, community oriented young adults, some of whom “graduate” into the department as full firefighters and members. Fire Service Exploring is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to challenge young adults to become responsible citizens of their communities and their nation, while exposing them to the world of emergency services.
“Explorer programs and youth groups are an extremely important part of the fire service,” said FASNY President Ken Pienkowski. “The Mastic Fire Department Explorer Post is an outstanding example of fire service youth groups, and embodies the qualities inherent to the fire service. They should serve as a model for similar programs across the State and are a deserving recipient of the ‘Youth Group of the Year’ award.”
The Mastic Fire Department’s Explorer Post began in 1980 as the Mastic Fire Department Juniors. Since then, 14 members of the program have risen to join the Department as full firefighters, several of whom have become officers, including the current Chief of the Department. At the time of nomination, the program counted over 20 members between the ages of 14-18. These members participate in countless fire department events, including parades, standing in support at funerals of firefighters and their families, and participating in fundraisers. Members also aid elderly members of the community, shoveling out driveways and helping to decorate homes for the holiday season.
“This program has an outstanding track record of producing responsible, community oriented adults,” said Mastic Fire Department Chief Rudy Sunderman. “Explorer Post 512 is a critical part of the Mastic Fire Department, and several members of the Department – myself included – are alumni. It’s a pleasure to watch these talented, determined young people grow into responsible adults, and we are extremely proud of all they have accomplished.”

Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the approximately 110,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.

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