Fire Explorers

Fire Explorers - Experience the Fire Service

The Escondido Fire Department Explorer Post is a career-oriented youth program chartered through the Learning for Life, active since 1981.

Download the Escondido Fire Explorer program flyer to learn more!


The purpose of the Escondido Fire Department Explorer Post is to expose young people to the various aspects of the fire service while developing character, morals, values and a sense of responsibility.


The Post is comprised of up to 25 Fire Explorers, divided into two platoons. There are three Fire Explorer Officers. The Post is overseen by Fire Explorer Advisors from the Fire Department with overall direction from the Fire Chief.

Meeting Requirements

The Post meets once a month, usually on a Saturday. The Fire Explorers must be available between the hours of 0830 and 1700 hours. Ride-alongs on engine companies, after approval of Post Advisor, will be scheduled by the student. Extra days above the required Saturday may occur from time to time. The Explorer Post must be a PRIORITY in the Fire Explorer's life.

Cost Requirements

Initial cost, including uniform, may be approximately $200. Scholarships or sponsorships may be available.

Age Requirements

Minimum age is 15 years and eighth grade graduate. Maximum age is 21 years.

Selection Process

Applicants may have to pass the following to be selected as a member of the Post:

  • Physical Agility / Ability Test
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Interview

An application must be fully completed and submitted in order to be considered for membership. Click here to download the application: Application

Applications are kept on file until our next recruitment.

Please return all completed applications to