Explorers program

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Marion County Fire Rescue's Explorer Post 982
Marion County Fire Rescue's Explorer Post 982

The program encourages positive social interaction, promotes physical and mental fitness and helps students develop leadership skills. It also gives students an opportunity to build a firefighting career as boosts their self-esteem through success at school and work. MCFR Explorers meet twice a month and encounter duties and experiences similar to those of actual firefighters. In addition to learning the basics of fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire safety, fire prevention and public education, Explorers learn to conduct business meetings and plan community service projects. 

The most successful Explorers can become eligible to participate in the Fire and EMT Career Academy, which allows them to ride-along with firefighters and put skills they've learned to work in real-life emergencies. 

The Explorer Program is made possible through a partnership between Marion County Fire Rescue, the International Fire Chiefs' Association and the Boy Scouts of America. (Girls are welcome, too).

In fact, The Boy Scouts of America named the Post 982 the "Explorer Post of the Year" in 2004-2005. Captain Pam Driggers leads the program and has received the "Explorer Advisor of the Year" award. 

Minimum Qualifications:
To experience the excitement of being an Explorer, applicants must:

  • Be 14 to 21 years old 
  • Have completed the eighth grade 
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA with no failing grades 
  • Be in good physical health and of good moral character 
  • Complete and return the Explorer's application 
  • Have parental or guardian consent 

For more information on the Fire and EMT Career Academy, contact Keri Bowman at 352-671-4781 or keri.bowman@marion.k12.fl.us.