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Fire & Emergency Service Exploring is open to young men and women ages 14-18 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Fire & Emergency Services.

Fire & Emergency Services Exploring is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and country.

The most popular Fire & Emergency Services Exploring careers include:

  • Fire Fighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Paramedic (EMT-P)
  • Search & Rescue Services
  • Forest Fire Fighters

You get to experience first hand what it’s like to be a volunteer or career Fire fighter and Emergency Medical Service provider through training & ride-alongs on actual fire and emergency medical calls.

Agencies from various, federal, state, and local levels coordinate the Fire and Emergency Services Exploring programs throughout the United States. The majority of the community programs are managed by local fire departments. In addition, several national agencies offer their support. The International Association of Fire Chiefs, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC), and US Forest Service provide national programs, scholarships, workshops, and literature.

Nationally, over 22,500 Explorers participate in 1,754 Fire and Emergency Services Posts. The program highlights include: the National Fire and Emergency Services Exploring Conferences, ride-alongs, career achievement and proficiency awards, training scenarios, and scholarship opportunities.

You will develop:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Respect for fire fighters & explorers
  • New personal skills

You will learn:

  • Emergency call protocols
  • Firefighting policies & procedures
  • Team Building
  • Proper Equipment Usage

You will have an opportunity to participate in

  • Fire fighting training scenarios (i.e. buildings, vehicles, grassland)
  • Emergency fire calls (external fire-ground operations only)
  • Emergency ambulance calls (some exceptions apply)
  • National & Regional Events

You will have an opportunity to network with

  • Explorers across the USA
  • Firefighting & Emergency Services professionals
  • Forest Fighters

You will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on projects to give you a real feel for whether this career is the right one for you.

You will learn about the educational requirements for a career in Fire & Emergency Service and will receive tangible advice on steps you could take now to prepare and position yourself for a successful career in the field of Fire & Emergency Service.

Fire & Emergency Service Career Exploring will provide you with the following benefits:

  • Improved self-confidence
  • Leadership experience and social network development
  • Fun and Exciting “hands-on” career experiences
  • Community service opportunities
  • College & Career Readiness preparation
  • Scholarship opportunities

When do meetings take place?
Fire & Emergency Service Career Exploring posts typically meet on a monthly or bi-monthly basis during the school year. Most programs parallel the high school calendar and begin in the fall. There are a number of programs that start at other times during the year to meet the needs of the host organization and participants. Programs are flexible enough to fit in with other activities.

Program Costs:
The Fire & Emergency Service Career Exploring program is very affordable with participation fees ranging from $15 to $25 per year (there is no cost to MTFR Explorers). Special activities, events, leadership academies and conferences may cost more and would be determined by the local Exploring post.

How can I join?
Participation is easy:

  • Contact the MTFR Post 800 Advisor by clicking the 'Contact Our Post' link at the top of your screen.


  • Determine the career or careers in which you are interested.
  • Click HERE to request information about local Career Exploring Posts in those career fields.
  • The local post Advisor will then be in touch with you regarding upcoming meetings
  • Attend a meeting or activity
  • Fill out the Youth Participation Form and pay the Participation Fee
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Explorer brochure.pdf Explorer Post Brochure  
Exploring_Program-Overview.pdf Exploring Program Overview (PDF)