Explorer Program

Program InformationThe Huntington Beach Fire Department Fire Explorer Program is a youth-based program that focuses on an introduction to the fire service and emergency medical services. This program puts an emphasis on education, training, career development, and positive mentoring. HBFD Explorers also gain leadership, character development, teamwork and life skills.

The Program is an official department function under the direction of the Fire Chief.  Although Explorers are not considered for direct recruitment into the HBFD, there is unparalleled insight into HBFD operations and valuable experience which may help with future career pursuit.  Young men and women will have an inside look into the fire service to help them make the decision to take further steps towards a career as a firefighter or paramedic. 

TrainingHBFD Fire Explorers attend mandatory training meetings that include classroom education and hands-on manipulative training. Fire Explorers are encouraged to participate in the Ride-Along Program where they are given the opportunity to be assigned to on-duty crews and respond with them as an observer on emergency calls.

Additionally, the Huntington Beach Fire Department Fire Explorer Program offers controlled, classroom based and hands-on training on:

  • Hose lay and proper ladder techniques
  • Vehicle extrication tools and procedures
  • Search and rescue techniques
  • CPR certification
  • Ropes, knots, and repelling techniques
  • Firefighting in controlled fire settings
  • Marine safety information
  • And much more!
Program RequirementsThe HBFD Fire Explorer Program is open to those who meet the following requirements:

  • Men and women aged 14-21 years
  • Completion of the 8th grade
  • 20 years old or younger at the time of application
  • Grade point average of 2.0 at time of application and while in the program
  • Adherence to HBFD grooming standards
  • Successful completion of the application screening process and background check
  • Sucessful completion of the three-month probationary period and oral interview 
To Submit an Interest CardTo submit an interest card to the HBFD Fire Explorer Program, please visit their site page here.

Additional InformationFor more information on the HBFD Fire Explorer Program, please visit hbfireexplorers.com

For information about the Police Explorer Program, please visit huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/pd/community-programs/police-explorers/