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Fire Explorer Program

As an up-to-date approach to high school and college age students, Fire Exploring helps them find their present and future roles as individuals in society and in the world of firefighting.  It is the purpose of the Carlsbad Fire Department to provide these young adults with an effective exploring program designed to build character, teach the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develop personal fitness. Individuals will also learn about the educational requirements for a career in Fire & Emergency Service and will receive tangible advice on steps to take now to prepare and position themselves for a successful career. 

Through this program individuals have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as well as new personal skills.  Individuals will have the opportunity to learn fire department policies and procedures, team building through firefighting training scenarios, and the proper use of equipment.  Please visit the Carlsbad Fire Explorer website for more information.

How to Become an Explorer

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 20
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in school
  • Have a willingness and desire to learn about the fire service
  • Be available to attend monthly meetings, and actively participate in various drills, fundraising and fire training
  • Be physically fit

What Explorers Cannot do

  • Be substituted for trained personnel
  • Mobilize individually to an emergency incident
  • Ride on any apparatus without an assigned seat
  • Drive department vehicles
  • Climb aerial ladders
  • Climb ground ladders that exceed 35 feet in length, or are not supported against a structure
  • Enter or perform ventilation procedures on a burning structure
  • Use any tools or gloves on energizes electrical equipment
  • Operate cutting torches
  • Operate hydraulic rescue tools or equipment