The Explorer program provides young men and women age 14 to 20 opportunities to explore the fire service as a career while providing experiences which help develop interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills. Explorers not only get an immersive first-hand look at the fire service, but they are also given the opportunity to enjoy organized social activities, competitive events, and community interaction while working in a professional atmosphere.
Explorers are exposed to all aspects of public safety, with a particular emphasis placed on fire and EMS skill sets. After the successful completion of the new Explorer orientation and basic training programs, Explorers receive a station assignment and are allowed to ride on Plano Fire-Rescue apparatus to emergencies, observing and providing supportive actions (such as rehab) during major incidents. The objectives of the Explorer training are to promote learning, teamwork, leadership and organization with a hands-on approach that allows the member to experience Fire-Rescue operations under the close supervision of professionals.
Requirements for Membership
- Must be a resident of the United States
- Must be a resident of Plano
(or a surrounding city that does not currently have a fire Explorer program)
- Must be fourteen to twenty years old and have completed the eighth grade
- Must either be enrolled to attend, attending high school, graduated from high school or have a GED
- Must maintain a minimum of a C average when in school
- If a minor, permission from parents or legal guardian to participate in the Explorer Program is required
- Must be able to attend a majority of program activities (Tuesday night meetings, weekend activities)
The Explorers maintain their own website which showcases their latest achievements. Visit the Explorers website.
Recruitment happens several times a year - usually in the spring and fall. Applications are only available at the Explorer Open House.
For more information on the program please contact: