Fire Explorers

Learning how to use a fire hose.

West Valley Fire Explorer Post #530

The West Valley Fire Explorer Program, a joint venture with Learning for Life, is designed for young adults 15 – 21 years of age who are interested in learning about a career in the fire service. In addition to learning about the fire service, the Explorer Program’s main goal is to provide young adults with a sense of responsibility to their neighborhood through ongoing community-related activities.

​Fire Exploring gives young people valuable insight into the fire fighting profession. This insight will allow the individual to decide whether or not he or she desires to pursue a greater role in the fire service. By participating in the Fire Exploring Program, the individual will gain personal confidence, learn to use various tools, develop mechanical skills and aptitude, and gain a greater awareness of personal and fire safety.

​Post size is limited to 20 Explorers who are led by a professional firefighter known as an Explorer Post Adviser.​

Meetings & Training

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m. and completing at around 9:00 p.m., as well as the third Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. and completing at around noon.  Explorers are expected to attend at least 75% of the scheduled meetings, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible for their own benefit as well as their squads and the entire Post.  If an Explorer is not able to attend a meeting, they are required to call in before the start of that meeting.

In addition to attending monthly meetings, Explorers are also involved in various community service activities.  Some of these activities include staffing booths at safety fairs, city functions and demonstrations for public education events.

Explorers are guided by many professional Yolo County firefighters who enthusiastically volunteer their time and experience to help educate these young adults.  Through this unique program, many Explorers have joined the ranks of the fire service and are living the career of their dreams, so don’t wait any longer.  Sign up today!

Real World Experience

Examples of non-hazardous activities to familiarize Explorers with the nature and complexities of the fire service may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pre-fire planning.

  • Hydrant maintenance program.

  • Assist with crowd and traffic control at partner agency functions.

  • Participate in information programs given to the public.

  • Assist station personnel with record keeping, and vehicle and station maintenance.

  • Door-to-door fire prevention contacts.

  • Write minor standard reports.

  • Participate as observers in ride-along program.

  • Explorers are to be assigned to the permitted activities on the basis of their training, ability, and experience.