Fire Explorer Post 9244
Oxnard Fire Explorer Post was started in October 1994. It is currently the only fire explorer post in Ventura County. Fire Explorers have been instrumental in many ways both to the department and the community. In the short time that fire explorers have been in the city, we have gained recognition as a quality youth group from persons in city government, the community, and other fire departments. The goal is to introduce interested youths to the fire service culture and activities through a paramilitary organization.
A committee of sworn fire department personnel runs the Explorer Post. The chain of command is as follows:
- Fire Explorer Chief
- A-Shift Captain
- B-Shift Captain
- C-Shift Captain
The Fire Explorer Chief, and Shift Captains are considered E Board Members. These individuals make decisions and plan activities for the rest of the post.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under direct supervision, a fire explorer participates in a basic fire training curriculum, assists firefighters with various support activities during emergencies, and provides direct assistance during fire prevention and public education activities. After completion of the Oxnard Fire Explorer Basic Academy explorers will do the following:
- Attend monthly drill nights and drill days where all fire related training takes place.
- Attend a monthly ride-a-long (after ride-a-long certified) where explorers perform the same station routine and training as on duty firefighters. Under direct supervision explorers will assist on 911 calls that are deemed non-hazardous.
- Directly assist with fire prevention and education needs for the department.
- A select few explorers will attend the California State Fire Explorer Academy along with many other training/academy opportunities through out the year.
Requirements to Apply
- 15 to 21 years of age
- 2.0 GPA
- Live within Ventura County
- Have a positive attitude and willingness to learn
- Orientation Night attended
- Application submitted on Test Day
- Completion of Oxnard Basic Fire Explorer Academy
How To Apply:
Orientation Night- June/July date TBD, 2017
The meeting will be held at Oxnard Fire Station 1 (491 South K Street, Oxnard, CA). Anybody interested in joining the post is invited to attend. Immediate family members for younger applicants are invited to attend as well. The meeting will begin at 1900 (7:00 pm). Do NOT be late. Information, including applications, will be handed out during the orientation. Please park on the street or the adjacent parking lots too the North of the fire station. Dress appropriate for first impressions. You may want to bring additional workout gear since there will be an opportunity to practice the physical events.
Test Day- June/July date TBD, 2017
This event will be held at Oxnard Fire Station 1 (491 South K Street, Oxnard, CA). Applications will be accepted on this day only. Testing will consist of a written exam, a physical test, and an oral interview. Appropriate workout gear and water is recommended. You may bring more appropriate clothing to change into for the interview process.
Oxnard Basic Fire Explorer Academy- July/August dates TBD, 2017
The top applicants will be offered a position to attend the basic fire explorer academy. This is a 1-2 week (8-5, weekdays only) long academy with a graduation ceremony on the following Saturday. Upon graduation you will be Oxnard Fire Explorers. Ride-A-Long status will only be given to those who pass all cognitive and manipulative exams.
(for existing explorers ONLY!)
Each year, Post 9244 is invited to the California State Fire Exploring Academy. It is hosted by different fire departments throughout the state, and sponsored by the California Fire Exploring Association. Each post applying to the academy is allotted only 5 spots each year, with the size of the academy around 160. Previous academies have seen a number of posts throughout the state of California as well as Nevada, and even Alaska!
The academy is one week long and covers multiple fire service topics including fire Control 3 (Structural), Fire Control 4 (Oil/Flammable Liquids), Fire Control 6 (Wildland Fires), and Auto Extrication. Traditionally, the academy starts the day after Easter and runs for 7 days. It concludes with a formal graduation and awards ceremony.
All questions can be sent to the Lead Explorer Advisor: Kevin Todd firstname.lastname@example.org