Youngsters 'scout out' career opportunities
March 20, 2009
By Marti Gatlin
- Scouts from Enterprise, Ala., visited the Fort Rucker Fire Department and 6th Military Police Detachment March 14.
FORT RUCKER, Ala.--Cub Scout Pack 150 and Boy Scout Troop 150 from Enterprise, Ala., visited the Fort Rucker Fire Department and 6th Military Police (MP) Detachment March 14.
The tour helped with the Cub Scouts "When I Grow Up" project, according to den leader Tamara Shields, herself, a Fort Rucker firefighter at Hooper Stagefield in Ozark, Ala.
Scouts sat staring in awe as they watched firefighters and military police demonstrate various pieces of equipment they routinely use in their line of work.
The young men toured the 9-1-1 center and jail cells at the 6th MP Detachment. Whle there St. Colby Whitehead explained a breath test device used for testing motorists suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Whitehead also demonstrated a radar detector and fingerprint collection.
He rolled ink over Cub Scout Adam Tichenor's fingertips and laid each one gently over the fingerprint card. The 9-year-old said the black ink felt weird and slimy, but admitted it was cool to have his fingerprints taken.
Cub Scout Lane Brumley, 8, said he participated in the Saturday tour so he could, "see the people who live here and work here and how they do their jobs. Seeing the jail was the coolest."