"Our Mission: We, the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, exist to serve and protect the Community through emergency management."

Explorer Program


The El Dorado Hills Fire Department, in collaboration with the Folsom Fire Department, offers an Explorer Program that is an exceptional initiative tailored for high school students with a passion for pursuing a career in the fire service. This program offers a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in fire department training, and engage in public service activities alongside professional firefighters in the El Dorado Hills and Folsom Communities.

Program Goals:
The primary objective of the Explorer Program is to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance their fire service education at local community colleges. The program aims to thoroughly prepare students for entry into Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Fire Academy courses, setting a strong foundation for their future careers.

Training and Learning Opportunities:
Participants in the Explorer Program drill twice per month, normally all day Saturday, providing them with hands-on experience and comprehensive training in various aspects of fire service. The curriculum covers an array of topics, including:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR):  Lifesaving techniques essential for emergency response
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA):  Training in the use of breathing equipment necessary for entering hazardous environments
  • Ladders:  Proper use and safety procedures for different types of ladders used in firefighting operations
  • Vehicle Extrication:  Techniques for rescuing individuals trapped in vehicles following accidents
  • Fire Suppression:  Methods and strategies for effectively combating fires
  • Fire Hose Handling:  Training in the use of fire hoses, including deployment, operation, and maintenance
  • Fire Department Regulations: Understanding the rules and regulations governing fire department operations and firefighter conduct
  • Physical Training: Preparing cadets for the rigorous role of a Firefighter

All training sessions are led by experienced Fire Department personnel, ensuring that students receive high-quality, practical instruction.

Community Service Involvement:
In addition to the rigorous training, Explorers are expected to actively participate in various community service events. These events include:

  • Santa Run: A festive event bringing joy to the community during the holiday season
  • Pancake Breakfast:  Community Event
  • Smoke Detector Giveaways:  Promoting fire safety by distributing smoke detectors to residents
  • Active Shooter Training:  Preparing for emergencies involving active shooters to ensure community safety

Eligibility and Requirements:
To be eligible for the Explorer Program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Academic Performance:  Maintain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average
  • Criminal Record:  Have no felony convictions
  • Health:  Be in good physical health
  • Substance Use: Be free from drug and alcohol use

Participation in the El Dorado Hills Fire Department Explorer Program provides students with invaluable experience and skills, allowing them to make meaningful contributions to their community. This program serves as a critical stepping stone for aspiring firefighters, fostering a new generation of dedicated public servants.

The application period for the 2024 & 2025 Explorer Program has closed. The next application period will be open from April 1, 2025, to April 30, 2025. For any questions regarding the Explorer Program, please contact Captain Vogan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.