Northfield launches Minnesota’s first Public Safety Explorer Post

Youth ages 14 to 20 get hands-on experience with Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Northfield’s three public safety divisions are teaming up to launch a combination Explorer Post for youth – the first of its kind in Minnesota, and possibly the first in the U.S.

Northfield Police, Northfield Fire and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) unit of Northfield Hospital & Clinics will give youth ages 14-20 the chance to explore public-safety careers while volunteering in the community.

“Explorers get exposed to three intertwined, public safety jobs – three very different career paths they might be interested in down the road,” said Monte Nelson, Northfield Chief of Police.

“Explorer Post” is a national program of the Boy Scouts of America. Northfield organizers are working with BSA’s Northern Star Council, based in St. Paul. There are 125 Explorer Posts in Minnesota.

Northfield’s Explorer Post has slots for 20 participants – girls and boys. Participants must have completed 8th grade. Youth can request program information by contacting Christopher Matek (EMS) at (507) 646-1476 or, or Sandy Malecha (Northfield Healthy Community Initiative) at