Plano Fire-Rescue began Explorer Post 215 in March of 1988. The program was established so that young men and women could learn about the fire service while providing a community service. The post gives youth the opportunity to explore fire fighting and emergency medical services to determine if it is a career they would be interested in pursuing.
Members not only get a first hand look at the fire service, they are given the opportunity to enjoy organized recreational activities, competitive events, and community interaction while working in a professional atmosphere. Exploring gives young people the opportunity to develop interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills.
Instruction on Operations
Explorers are exposed to Plano Fire-Rescue's operations, which include structural fire fighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, special rescue and the 911 emergency operations center. The Explorer training program includes instruction in the following areas:
Basic Fire Fighting
The objective of the training is to promote learning, teamwork, leadership, and organization with a hands-on approach that allows the member to experience Plano Fire-Rescue's operations under close supervision.
Requirements for Membership
Live and/or go to school in the city of Plano
Be at least 16 years of age
Be no older than 20 years of age
Be enrolled and attending high school, or have graduated from high school
Have a minimum of a "C" average on the most recent grade report
Accept the obligation to observe the Explorer Code
Accept the obligation to comply with the department’s and post’s policies and procedures
Have permission from parents or legal guardian to participate in the Explorer Program