The Butte County Fire Explorers is a paramilitary program for young adults interested in becoming a member of the fire service. The cadets train on fires, medical calls, and everything else related to the fire service. More importantly they are trained and mentored to become a leader of high character in their community.
The Fire Explorer program is offered to Butte County residents aged 14 to 20 years old. The first meeting is an orientation meeting to determine if you're interested in the program. At your second meeting, you will be put into a squad. After your third meeting you will be assigned fire gear, including a helmet, Turnout gear, and Nomex. After you turn 16 and have passed certain requirements, you can earn the right to ride on a fire engine with career firefighters where you get to use your skills on real incidents.
Another focus of the program is community involvement. Explorers assist CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department at many Butte County events, including Red Suspenders Day, Christmas Light Parades, the Butte County Fair, the Burn and Benevolent Foundation's annual crab feed, and more.
The Fire Explorers meet the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 5 PM. Meetings are held at Fire Station 42 (10 Frontier Circle, Chico).
For more information about becoming an Explorer please contact: