The North County Fire Explorer Post is a youth oriented program directed at helping young adults who have an interest in the fire service. Young men and women between the ages of 16 and 20 are invited to become Fire Explorers with the North County Fire Department. Our program provides an opportunity for high school and college students to become familiar with career opportunities available in the fire service.
The program meets at the Headquarters Fire Station (Station 1) from the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Explorers are taught the basic skills of firefighting and first aid. Much of the training is hands-on and is supervised by the North County Fire Protection District personnel. Meetings also include public service projects and fund raising activities.
The first step is an introductory training program. Thereafter, Explorers are provided a base of knowledge and experience through classroom instruction, hands-on training and volunteer work. Fire Explorers assist with virtually all routine tasks in the community and around the fire station, including community relations, fire prevention, equipment and station maintenance and training. These qualities will benefit them not only in fire service careers, but also in all future endeavors.
Fire Explorers wear a uniform and are provided with helmets, turnouts and other safety clothing. They are welcome members of the fire stations where they volunteer. The program is designed to encourage and promote accountability, being safe, communication, teamwork, fitness and the development of leadership skills.