Fire Explorer Program

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Vision Statement

“To provide a positive and meaningful real-world career experience and leadership development opportunities for all teenagers and young adults in their chosen field of interest”

The City of Tulare Fire Explorer Post 298 was established in 2008. It was formed to help young people who have exploreraspirations of becoming a firefighter/paramedic. Through classroom sessions, manipulative drills, and a ride-along program, members have been encouraged and guided towards their personal goals. The program was formed with combined efforts from the City of Tulare Fire Department and Learning for Life to meet the needs and concerns of the next generation of citizens.

Explorer's must be between 15 and 20 years of age, maintain a 2.0 grade point average, and have a professional appearance to participate. The explorers develop their knowledge in the classroom as well as the drill grounds with hands on training. Explorers will also have many opportunities to help within the community at a variety of events.

Meetings are held on the first and third Sunday of each month beginning at 1800 and completing at around 2100. Explorers are expected to attend at least 75% of the scheduled meetings, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible for their own benefit as well as their squads and the entire Post. If an Explorer is not able to attend a meeting, they are required to call in before the start of that meeting.


Areas of Emphasis

  1. Career Opportunities: Real World Career Skills
  2. Leadership Experience: Leadership Skills Employers Crave
  3. Life Skills: Conflict–Resolution, Problem Solving, Team Building
  4. Citizenship: Learn Respect For Others, Integrity
  5. Character Education: Ethical Decision-Making, Improve Self-Confidence

How can I join?

Candidates’ interested will be contacted for an interview at which time a completed and legible application packet will be required. Upon completion of the process the candidate will be given additional information on what he/she needs to acquire for their uniform, and may start coming to our meetings to participate in training. 

Advisor Contact:

Manager/Coordinator, Fire Chief Luis Nevarez
Coordinator, Captain Sergio Ruelas

Fire Station 61