The Bennett Valley Fire Protection District sponsors Explorer post 78 through a charter with the Boy Scouts of America.
Training is provided through qualified firefighter instructors. Young adults are given the training and guidance needed to attain the skills required of today's fire service. The training provides the Explorers team work and leadership skills that will provide the foundation to become a firefighter. Explorers will also gain a sense of pride in working within and serving the community.
Fire Explorers are issued complete fire protection gear just as active firefighters are. This includes structure fire pants and jacket, boots, helmet, gloves, and flash hood. For wildland fire training they will receive the lighter weight Nomex and FR cotton pants and coat, web gear, and fire tent. Live fire training is not a part of the Explorer curriculum until the Explorer has received several years of training preparing for such events, have been signed off by their instructors, and have received permission from their parents. Safety is our number one priority.
Training consists of safety procedures, fire behavior, dragging hose, raising ladders, cutting handline, hose stream operations, search and rescue, emergency medical care, vehicle extrication, and hazmat operations. They also participate in community and fund raising activities. Once proficient at these skills an explorer may become “Striped”, meaning they can ride along and work on actual incidents with the fire department.
The Explorer post meets every Monday night from 7pm to 10 pm. If you are interested in becoming an Explorer and you are between the ages of 14 and 18 please follow the link below, fill out the application, and bring it by our fire station located at 6161 Bennett Valley Rd. For further questions call the fire department at 707-578-7761.
Click here to download the Explorer application