Fire & Emergency Services Career Exploring


Fire & Emergency Service Career Exploring is open to young men and women ages 14  and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Fire & Emergency Services.

Fire & Emergency Services Exploring is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and country.

The Program

Aimed at high school students ages 14-19 to acquaint and involve the youth with the fire service. This program stresses the importance of teamwork and leadership to prepare them to become responsible and caring young adults. The program strives to develop and promote a positive self esteem while providing beneficial life skills.


Youth members may participate in activities with the following restrictions:


Explorer post members are allowed to participate on the fire ground once reporting to IC for assignments. Explorers will only be allowed to participate in activities in which they are properly trained for. All Explorers on fire ground must have NFPA approved PPE. Explorers can not work with charged hose lines larger that 1 3/4”. Explorers may participate in wild land fires and rescue operations if properly trained. Untrained Explorers may observe fire ground activities.


Explorers may participate in drills, live fire trainings and schools of instruction including evolutions, provided they have NFPA approved PPEs.

Social Functions

Explorers may participate in parties and banquets only upon the approval of the fire chief and with parental consent.


Explorers may participate in parades only in uniform or approved gear.


Explorers are expected to attend training on indicated days. Progress will be tracked and recorded. Successful completion of training is required to participate in other activities. Successful completion of training will be required to attain recruit status once age and other membership qualifications have been met.

Explorer Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be a minimum of age fourteen (14);
  • Completion of 8th grade;
  • Applicant must be a resident of the immediate Forsyth Area;
  • Application must be signed by parent(s) or guardian;
  • Be an Explorer Scout and member of Boy Scouts of America;
  • Must keep good scholastic grades, with no less than a “C” average semester grade.

The most popular Fire & Emergency Services Exploring careers include:

  • Fire Fighters
  • Paramedics
  • Emergency Technicians
  • Ambulance Corps
  • Search & Rescue Services
  • Forest Fire Fighters

You get to experience firsthand what it’s like to be a volunteer or full-time Fire fighter & Emergency Service provider through firefighting training & ride alongs during actual fire calls.

Agencies from various, federal, state, and local levels coordinate the Fire and Emergency Services Exploring programs throughout the United States. The majority of the community programs are managed by local fire departments. In addition, several national agencies offer their support. The International Association of Fire Chiefs, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and US Forest Service provide national programs, scholarships, workshops, and literature.

Nationally, over 22,500 Explorers participate in 1,754 Fire and Emergency Services Posts. The program highlights include: the National Fire and Emergency Services Exploring Conferences, ride-alongs, career achievement and proficiency awards, training scenarios, and scholarship opportunities.

You will develop:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Respect for firefighters & explorers
  • New personal skills

You will learn:

  •  Emergency call protocols
  •  Firefighting policies & procedures
  • Team Building
  • Proper Equipment Usage

You will have an opportunity to participate in

  • Fire fighting training scenarios i.e. buildings
  • Ambulance calls
  • National & Regional Events

You will have an opportunity to network with

  • Explorers across the USA
  • Firefighting  & Emergency Services professionals
  • Forest Fighters

You will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on projects to give you a real feel for whether this career is the right one for you.

You will learn about the educational requirements for a career in Fire & Emergency Service and will receive tangible advice on steps you could take now to prepare and position yourself for a successful career in the field of Fire & Emergency Service.

Fire & Emergency Service Career Exploring will provide you with the following benefits:

  • Improved self-confidence
  • Leadership experience and social network development
  • Fun and Exciting “hands-on” career experiences
  • Community service opportunities
  • College & Career Readiness preparation
  • Scholarship opportunities

When do meetings take place?
Fire & Emergency Service Career Exploring posts typically meet on a monthly basis during the school year. Most programs parallel the high school calendar and begin in the fall. There are a number of programs that start at other times during the year to meet the needs of the host organization and participants. Programs are flexible enough to fit in with other activities.

Program Costs:
The Fire & Emergency Service Career Exploring program is very affordable with participation fees ranging from $15 to $25 per year. Special activities, events, leadership academies and conferences may cost more and would be determined by the local Exploring post.

How can I join?
Participation is easy:

  • Determine the career or careers in which you are interested.
  • Click HERE to request information about local Career Exploring Posts in those career fields.
  • The local post Advisor will then be in touch with you regarding upcoming meetings
  • Attend a meeting or activity
  • Fill out the Youth Participation Form and pay the Participation Fee


Explorer Post 545 Patch

Explorer Post 545 Patch

Related Links

Explorer Youth Application

Explorer Adult Application

Fire Service Explorer Website

Exploring Brochure (800-992_12)

Exploring Fire and Emergency Brochure (800-701_12)

Fire and Emergency Services Exploring Program Guidelines

Hepatitis B Vaccine Declination For Post Youth/Adult Volunteers