Fire Explorers

The Ocoee Fire Explorer program was created to introduce young men and women to the Fire Service. The program is designed to teach the youth the different aspects of the profession and further help to improve relationships with other public service personnel. Fire Explorers are not required to be City of Ocoee residents. However, the following conditions must be met:
  • Be between 14 - 21 years of age
  • Must have completed 8th grade
  • Have good moral character
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have interest in the fire department profession
  • Have no criminal convictions (our program is not for troubled youth)
Probationary Period
Explorers who have been accepted into the program will undergo a 3 month probationary process. During this time, the Explorer will be required to display an understanding of the fire service and basic fire department organizational structure. Experienced firefighters as well as seasoned Explorers will deliver instructional materials.

Activities
After the probationary period, the Explorer will be eligible to participate in ride-a-longs, camping trips, and organized competitions with other Explorers. There will also be a rank structure within the Explorer Program that participants will have opportunity to earn promotions and authority.

Meeting Location
We meet at the following location:
Ocoee Fire Department
Station 25 Training Room
563 S. Bluford Avenue
Ocoee, FL 34761
Explorers learning how to use firefighter breathing apparatus
Teenagers standing in front of a fire truck
Teenagers inspecting an EMS truck
Meeting Times
The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1700-1900 (5 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Applications
Please contact Firefighter Ryan Sandberg for more information at (407) 905-3140 or email us. Please and print a copy of the application (PDF) and return it completed to Firefighter Ryan Sandberg. Notary service available at no cost to assist with completing the application. If you are unable to print the application, you may pick one up at Fire Station #1 during Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., which is located at the following address:
563 S. Bluford Ave.
Ocoee, FL 34761