Fire Explorer Post 9244
The Oxnard Fire Explorer post is the oldest Fire Explorer Post in Ventura County. Oxnard Fire Explorer Post 9244 was founded in October 1994 and had 31 charter fire explorers start the first academy.
The first academy class graduated in July 1995 with 17 fire explorers being appointed to ride-a-long status.
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.
A committee of sworn fire department personnel runs the Explorer Post.
Duties and Responsibilities
Oxnard Fire Explorers currently operate in three different stages.
New Recruit: Anybody can apply at any point during the year as long as they meet the requirements listed below. This will qualify them as a new recruit and as such, they will be able to attend monthly drill days (a 9-5 training day spent at the fire station), volunteer to assist at community/fire related events, and attend any other explorer related events.
Oxnard Fire Explorer: This status is achieved once a ‘new recruit’ has attended a Basic Academy, but has not passed all the tests. The Basic Academy happens once a year and usually consists of 3 weekends (if during the school year) or one week (if during the summer). This Basic Academy consists of 9-5 training days where various firefighter related topics are covered and tested. The timing of the academy depends on which timing works best for the most amount of new recruits.
Ride Along Certified Oxnard Fire Explorer: This status is achieved once a ‘new recruit’ or ‘fire explorer’ has completed a Basic Academy and passed all required tests. These explorers will be able to do all of the items listed above as well as go on 12 hour Ride Alongs at any Oxnard Fire Station where they can train and assist on 911 calls.
Requirements to Apply
- Must be between the ages of 15 and 21
- Live within Ventura County (Oxnard City is preferred)
- Attending High School or be a High School Graduate
- Have a 2.0 GPA or greater by application deadline
- Must have a positive attitude and willingness to learn
Oxnard Fire is currently accepting applications year round.
To apply to be an Oxnard Fire Explorer, fill out the Explorer Application below and do any one of the following:
- Drop-off application at any Oxnard Fire Station
- Drop-off application at Oxnard Fire Department Administration Office (360 W. 2nd Street)
- Or email your application to Firefighter Kevin Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your application has been received, Fire Department personnel should contact you within a week with further instructions. If you do not receive a response, please attempt to send your email again, or call the the Fire Department Administration Office directly at (805) 385-7722.
Contact Kevin Todd at: email@example.com