Fire Exploring is a national program for young adults interested in learning about careers in fire and EMS service.
The Carlsbad Fire Department is proud to provide a program that emphasizes character building, leadership, community service and physical fitness. Explorers will learn about fire department policies and procedures, the proper use of fire equipment and engage in firefighting training scenarios. Fire Explorers also participate in fire station ride-alongs, where they are a functioning member of the crew for the duration of a 12-hour shift.
Carlsbad Fire Explorer Post 2200 is one of eight Fire Explorer programs in San Diego County that falls under the rules and regulations of our charter sponsor, Learning for Life.
Update 8/20/2020: Due to COVID-19 closures and restrictions, our program is currently on hold. We will not be holding any in-person meetings or activities until further notice. However, we will soon be accepting applications for the 2021 academy. Please see the How to Apply section below for more info and follow us on Instagram for updates.
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
Applications are currently closed and will reopen in August-September 2021.
Once applications are received, 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 February 13 to June 5, 2021, on alternating Saturdays. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, 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