The program is currently on hold due to staffing shortages and funding issues. We are working diligently to get the program up and running.

CCFD Fire Explorers are under the direct supervision of CCFD Fire Department personnel that have volunteered to serve as Explorer advisors. Advisors attend explorer events as a direct supervisor and point of contact. During ride alongs, however, company officers assume the role of the Explorer’s direct supervisor.

The Fire Department’s Explorer Program is open to those who meet the criteria outlined below. A panel of fire personnel screen applications and assist in the interview process. Applications will be accepted TBD.

Once the application period is closed, selected candidates will be invited to an oral panel interview. Top scoring candidates will be offered placement in the Explorer academy and will be notified of gear issue and orientation dates. 

Explorers will have the opportunity to do station ride-alongs where they will be assigned a variety of educational and vocational tasks after they become certified.

CCFD Fire Explorers are expected to adhere to the Fire Department's grooming and uniform standards. Explorers are also expected to participate in monthly training and community service events.

How to become an explorer

  • Be between 15-20 years old
  • Submit a completed application packet and successfully pass an oral interview
  • Successfully pass a background check, including criminal history, driving record, and academic performance
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while in high school
  • Participate in a minimum of 24 volunteer hours monthly- these hours are made up of fire station ride-alongs, trainings, volunteer events, and fundraisers
  • Maintain a high level of physical fitness

How to apply

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We will be accepting Fire Explorer applications in TBD. Application packets and additional details will be available through this website during the open recruitment period. 

All prospective explorers must complete the Fire Explorer application and submit the completed packet and all required documents.

Once applications are received and reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for oral interviews and a final selection process will take place. Fire Explorers will be notified of parent orientation and academy dates.

The next Fire Explorer Academy is scheduled to run from TBD, on alternating Saturdays. Dates may be subject to change.

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

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