LFD Explorers


Beginning in 2009, the Longview Fire Department began sponsoring a Fire Explorer Post (#343) for the purpose of exposing student-aged, young adults to the many rewards of a future profession in the field of emergency response. These students directly participate with the department and gain a certain knowledge-base about fire safety, life/leadership skills, fire service culture/values, the importance of community service, and most importantly, the program provides an alternative to negative youth activities and destructive behaviors. Each explorer class typically consists of 6-10 members with an accepted age range of 14 (completed 8th grade) to 21.

Learn what it takes to make it in the world of fire and emergency services!

  • Hands-on experience
  • Service to others
  • Be a part of a team
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Develop leadership
  • Develop life skills
  • Make friends
  • Have fun

Fire Service Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who are 14 (completed 8th grade) to 21 years old. All students must have parental consent. Fire Service Explorer posts help youth gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities. Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescents and young adults.

Learn firsthand how exciting the firefighter’s job is by working side-by-side with actual Longview Firefighters. Following an introductory training program, Fire Explorers respond to real emergencies with firefighters and paramedics, and assist them by performing routine, supervised tasks. Fire Explorers assist with virtually all routine tasks around the fire station, including community relations, fire prevention, equipment and station maintenance, and training.

Fire Explorers wear a uniform, and are provided with helmets, turnouts, and other safety clothing. They are welcome members of the fire stations and are considered one of the family. 

Becoming a Fire Explorer is an excellent way to develop qualities and gain experience that will be helpful in nearly any field of endeavor. 

Exploring is based on a unique relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow and develop. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, service, character education and leadership experience.

Without a doubt, the firefighter's job is one of the best jobs in the world. We hope that you will soon find this to be true by firsthand experience.

The Longview Fire Department began Exploring Post #343 in 2009. The program was established so that young men and women could learn about the fire service while getting connected with the community. The post gives students the opportunity to explore firefighting and emergency medical services to determine if it is a career they would be interested in pursuing.

Members not only get a firsthand look at the fire service, they are given the opportunity to enjoy organized recreational activities, competitive events and community interaction while being in a professional atmosphere. Exploring gives young people the opportunity to develop interpersonal, leadership, communication and organizational skills.

Explorers will be exposed to fire department operations including: structural firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, technical rescue, other special operations and the 9-1-1 system. The explorer training program includes instruction in the following areas:

  1. Safety
  2. Leadership
  3. Rescue
  4. Basic Firefighting
  5. Basic First Aid, CPR
  6. Fire Department Equipment
  7. Fire Prevention
  8. Public Education
  9. Communication

The objective of the training is to promote learning, teamwork, leadership, and organization, with a hands-on approach that allows the member to experience fire department operations under close supervision.

Participation is the best way to learn!