Due to extremely hot weather, the City is implementing a Heat Health Emergency. You can find Cooling Centers, pools, spraygrounds, recreation centers, libraries with extended hours, and older adult centers on our interactive map. For help call the heatline at (215) 765-9040.
In effect: noon on Wednesday, July 17 to 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22

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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.