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Candidates for the position of Fire Explorer must be age 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) to age 21 and comply with the following conditions:
- Be a registered member of the Learning For Life (LFL) Exploring subsidiary.
- Be free of any physical defects that would cause injury to himself or jeopardize other participants in the Program.
- Have no serious arrests or convictions.
- Must maintain fire safe grooming standards.
- While attending high school, the Explorer must maintain an overall grade point average of at least a 2.0 (C).
All Explorer applications must be submitted directly to the Post Advisor at the Fire Station where the Post is assigned. Explorer candidates are required to attend three (3) weekly meetings
before submitting an application to the Post Advisor. Please ensure that you have met the minimum meeting requirements before submitting your application to avoid delays in processing. The application package includes:
The Orange County Fire Authority Fire Exploring Program is an official department function. It is the intent of the Fire Authority, in conjunction with the Learning For Life, to offer young adults real life experiences, training, and exposure to the career opportunities available in the fire service.Training/Activities:
Orange County Fire Authority provides fire suppression, emergency rescue, and fire prevention services. The Fire Authority assists with emergency management coordination for such disasters as earthquakes, hazardous materials coordination, and weed abatement services.
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 activities are planned around the five emphasis areas: Career, Character, Service, Life Skills, and Leadership 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 Fire Authority 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. It is the Post Advisor's responsibility to assign an Explorer only to those duties for which he/she is prepared. Other activities include formal drills held at the station, field trips, and training academy sessions.
For more information, please contact
OCFA Division II
Phone: (949) 341-0295
Fax: (949) 341-0298
Click here to see picture of the OCFA Explorers in action!