The Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Explorer Program

Explorer Leadership Academy 2017 at Fire Station 171The Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorer Program, a joint venture with Learning for Life, is designed for young adults 15 – 21 years of age who are interested in learning about a career in the fire service. In addition to learning about the fire service, the Explorer Program’s main goal is to provide young adults with a sense of responsibility to their neighborhood through ongoing community-related activities.

The Explorer Program is divided into 22 Explorer Posts. Each Post is centrally located to its area, enabling membership to reflect the community. Post size is limited to 25 Explorers who are led by a professional firefighter known as an Explorer Post Adviser.

After meeting the program’s entrance requirements, Explorers will be given an opportunity to qualify for a 12-day training academy held on six consecutive weekends. At the academy, they will be trained by professional firefighters on firefighting skills, hose lay evolutions, ladder techniques, salvage operations, wildland firefighting procedures, proper use of firefighting tools and equipment, breathing apparatus use, and other related subjects.

Upon graduation from the academy, Explorers will be qualified to ride along on an engine, truck or paramedic squad and respond to actual fire and medical emergencies. During these 24-hour ride-alongs, Explorers will use the training they received in the academy to assist Department personnel on emergency incidents and participate in other station activities and duties.

In addition to attending weekly meetings, Explorers are also involved in various community service activities.  Some of these activities include staffing booths at safety fairs, city functions and demonstrations for public education events.

Currently, there are more than 400 Explorers actively involved in the program, guided by many Los Angeles County firefighters who enthusiastically volunteer their time and experience to help educate these young adults.  Through this unique program, many Explorers have joined the ranks of the fire service and are living the career of their dreams, so don’t wait any longer.  Sign up today.

If you are interested in joining the Explorer Program, please complete the form below.

Explorer Sign-Up Form


Post 1
Baldwin Hills, Ladera Heights,
Marina Del Rey, Universal City, Viewpark, West Hollywood, Windsor Hills

Post 2
Claremont, Glendora, San Dimas

Post 3
Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce,
East Los Angeles, Maywood

Post 4
Altadena, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta

Post 5
Agoura, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, Malibu Lake, Monte Nido Topanga, Westlake Village

Post 6
Canyon Country, Castaic, Gorman, Newhall, Sand Canyon, Santa Clarita, Stephenson Ranch, Val Verde, Valencia, West Ranch

Post 7
Carson, Compton, Gardena,
Rancho Dominguez

Post 8
Pico Rivera, Whittier

Post 9
Bellflower, Cerritos, Compton,
Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Paramount, Signal Hill

Post 10
El Monte, Rosemead, San Gabriel,
South El Monte, Temple City

Post 11
Antelope Acres, Green Valley, Lake Elizabeth, Lake Hughes, Lancaster, Leona Valley, Quartz Hill

Post 12
Bassett, Hacienda Heights, Industry,
La Puente, Rowland Heights, Valinda

Post 13
Compton, Cudahy, Firestone,
Huntington Park, Lynwood, South Gate, Walnut Park, Willowbrook

Post 14
Lomita, Palos Verdes Estates,
Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills,
Rolling Hills Estates

Post 15

Post 16
Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, Covina, Duarte, Irwindale

Post 17
Acton, Agua Dulce, Juniper Hills,
Lake Los Angeles, Little Rock, Llano, Longview, Palmdale, Pearblossom,
Pearland, Sun Village, Valyermo,
Wilsona Gardens, Wrightwood

Post 18
Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale

Post 19
Diamond Bar, Pomona, Walnut

Post 20
Athens, Lennox, Inglewood

Post 21
La Habra, La Mirada, Norwalk, Whittier

Post 22
Agua Dulce, Canyon Country, Sand Canyon, Santa Clarita, Valencia