Glendale Fire Explorer


Founded in 1988, the Glendale Fire Explorer Post has become a stepping stone to attaining the position of a full-time paid Firefighter.  Fire Explorers from the Glendale Post have been hired throughout California and beyond.  The training involved will provide a solid foundation for entering the fire service.  Explorers actively serve as volunteers who assist with department functions and public education demonstrations.

Explorers will attend Post meetings and training on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month from 1900-2200 hours.  There is also a floating Saturday for manipulative drills.  Training topics will include fire chemistry, building construction, fire hose and application, ladder operations, search and rescue, breathing apparatus and lastly ventilation. 

Explorers will also attend a Fire Explorer Academy.  The Academy lasts 4-5 weeks, every Saturday and Sunday, 0800-1700 hours, and focuses primarily on manipulative skills required later to serve as a certified ride-a-long.  Certified ride-a-longs are assigned to fire companies, work 24 hour shifts and respond to emergency calls.  Ride-a-longs must be 18 years old on 24 hour shifts.


  • Must be 16 – 20 years old
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • If out of high school, Fire Technology course are desirable
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend direction and training materials in English
  • Ability to listen carefully & understand others
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Willingness to learn and to have fun

California Fire Explorer Academy

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  • For existing fire explorers only; Explorer Posts are allotted 5 spots each year
  • One week long academy covering fire service topics such as fighting structural fires, flammable liquid fires and wildland fires, and performing vehicle extrication. 


(It is applicant’s responsibility to update interest card personal information. All notifications of selection will be via email.)

  • Submit a properly completed application packet.  Application packet includes:
  1. Entrance Application
  2. Autobiographical sketch
  3. Waiver & Release of Claims
  4. Parental Advisement Form
  5. City of Glendale Volunteer Agreement Form
  6. Background Investigation Questionnaire
  7. Authority to Release Personal Information
  8. Medical Evaluation
  • Complete a Live Scan fingerprint background check
  • Provide a copy of school transcripts showing GPA eligibility

For more information on the Glendale Fire Department Cadet and Ambulance Operator programs, click below.


Glendale Fire Department / Fire Explorer
541 W. Chevy Chase Drive
Glendale, Ca. 91204

Phone: (818)550-5621 or (818) 548-4050