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:
- Social and professional networking
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.