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Become a Fire Explorer

Fire Explorers is a program for teens and young adults interested in fire science, emergency medical services (EMS), disaster relief, emergency management, and military-related training. Fire Explorers will spend time learning about:

  • Firefighting/EMS basics.
  • Community risk reduction.
  • Fire prevention education.

In addition, the Fire Explorers program of study helps young people get community service hours and develop the following skills:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Social and professional networking
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-respect

Who can enroll

To enroll in the Fire Explorers program, you must be:

  • 14 to 20 years old.
  • Enrolled in at least 9th grade by the program’s April start date.
  • Willing to commit to two years in the program.
  • Able to speak, understand, read, and write English.
  • In good physical health and able to participate in physical activities.

To enroll, you need:

  • A copy of your birth certificate.
  • A copy of your most recent report card.
  • A parent or guardian who will sign a consent form and attend an orientation if you are under 18.

Fire Explorer applicants who are over 18 but don’t have a high school diploma or GED must be registered in a program geared toward the completion of a 12th-grade education.


Explorers must wear uniforms and maintain a neat and polished appearance at all times. They receive classroom instruction and hands-on training in fire service procedures from local and state agencies. Explorers must maintain a passing grade in behavior and academics in school.

Fire Explorers meet at the Fire Academy every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April through November. From December through March, Explorers might be requested to volunteer at certain events. Explorers who fulfill their two-year commitment receive points toward their civil service exams.

How to apply

Young people who want to become a Fire Explorer should fill out an interest form.