The El Dorado Hills Fire Department Explorer Program is designed for young adults ages 14 to 21 and who have completed the eighth grade. The Explorer program is a joint venture between the El Dorado Hills Fire Department and the Learning for Life Program through the Boy Scouts of America. In addition to learning about the Fire Service, another goal of the program is to provide youth with a sense of community involvement through Fire Department community sponsored events. The Explorer candidate must maintain a 2.0 GPA, have no felony convictions, be in good health, and a non-drug or alcohol user.
The Explorer must wear a uniform at all times while at drill or participating in Department sponsored events. The cost of the uniform is the responsibility of the Explorer. The Explorer must purchase a uniform shirt, black pants, black basket woven belt, and two pairs of boots. One pair of boots is to be worn for drill days; the second is a pair of wildland boots that can be purchased at a later time once ride-alongs have been approved.
The El Dorado Hills Fire Department Explorer Program drills a minimum of twice a month. The first drill of the month consists of a classroom session and is held on the second Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9p.m.; the second drill consists of hands on exercises and is held on the fourth Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. All drills are year around and held at Station 86 located at 3670 Bass Lake Road in El Dorado Hills, California. The Explorer can expect to learn about various types of subject matter related to the Fire Service such as CPR, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, Ladders, Vehicle Extrication, Fire Suppression, Fire Hose, Fire Department Regulations, and many other exciting topics. All topics are instructed by Fire Department personnel both paid and volunteer.
Once the Explorer has completed their Task Book and is in good standing with the Explorer Program, they are eligible to ride-along with engine companies in an observation role only. Explorers are given the opportunity to fight fire in a training scenario with adult supervision; however, they are not allowed to fight fire in real emergencies.