Exploring Program

Introducing the youth of Los Angeles County to today’s fire and emergency medical services, emphasizing community service and civic involvement through positive mentoring, training, education and career development.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Explorer Program, a joint venture with “Learning for Life”, is designed for young adults 15-20 years of age who are interested in learning about a career in the fire service. 

The Explorer Program is comprised of 22 Posts centrally located in each Battalion. Post size is limited to 25 Explorers, 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 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 ride-alongs, Explorers will use the training they received in the academy to assist Department personnel at 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.  

Since 1975, LACoFD firefighters have enthusiastically volunteered their time and experience to help educate teenagers and young adults. Through this unique program, many Explorers have joined the ranks of the fire service and are living the career of their dreams.

Fill out the interest form below to begin your Explorer journey!

Explorer Sign-Up Form

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FIND AN EXPLORER POST NEAR YOU

There are 22 Explorer posts located throughout Los Angeles County with each post representing a battalion’s jurisdiction. Each post is led by a professional firefighter who voluntarily serves as the Explorers’ advisor and mentor.

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

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Claremont, Glendora, San Dimas

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

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Altadena, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta

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

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

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Carson, Compton, Gardena, Rancho Dominguez

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Pico Rivera, Whittier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pomona

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

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

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Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale

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Diamond Bar, Pomona, Walnut

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Athens, Lennox, Inglewood

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La Habra, La Mirada, Norwalk, Whittier

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