Explore The Possibilities

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.

After meeting the program’s entrance requirements, Explorers will be given an opportunity to participate in a two-day Explorer orientation.

During the Explorer orientation, they will learn leadership techniques and soft skills as well as be trained on firefighting skills, hose lay evolutions, ladder techniques, salvage operations, proper use of firefighting tools and equipment, breathing apparatus use, and other related subjects.

We look forward to you joining our Explorer program and exploring all the possibilities!


    • 15-20 years of age.*
    • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average in school.
    • Ability to read, write, and comprehend directions and training materials in English.
    • Ability to work as a team member.

Explorer Program Recruitment:

To learn more about the next Explorer Program recruitment period, please complete and submit an “Interest Card” by clicking on the red EXPLORER PROGRAM INTEREST CARD box.  If you have any questions regarding the Explorer Program, please contact (323) 881-6109.


Explorer Program Application and Selection Process:

The Los Angeles County Fire Department anticipates opening the next Explorer Program application cycle in the late Spring of 2024.

Please continue to monitor our social media platforms along with this webpage for updates.  All individuals who submit an Interest Card will receive an email to notify them of upcoming Explorer Open House webinars.  Please ensure you add Fire-ExplorerProgram@fire.lacounty.gov and the domain @fire.lacounty.gov to your email address and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter email.

* Explorer Program participants 18 to 20 years of age will be subject to a background investigation conducted by Learning for Life

Find An Explorer Post Near You

There are nine Explorer posts located throughout Los Angeles County with each post representing a division’s jurisdiction.

1 Carson, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Lomita, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates 6 Cudahy, Huntington Park, Inglewood, Lynwood, Maywood, South Gate, Vernon
2 Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, Claremont, Covina, Duarte, Glendora, Irwindale, and San Dimas 7 Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, West Hollywood, and Westlake Village
3 La Cañada Flintridge and Santa Clarita 8 Diamond Bar, Industry, La Puente, Pomona, and Walnut
4 Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra, Lakewood, La Mirada, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Signal Hill, and Whittier 9 Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, El Monte, Rosemead, South El Monte, and Temple City
5 Lancaster and Palmdale
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