The South Metro Fire Rescue Explorer program gives young individuals, ages 16 to 21, the unique opportunity to gain valuable insight into the fire service and experience what it is like to be a firefighter through hands-on training and other career development activities. Explorers will learn about the physical and mental demands of being a first responder and get the chance to start on the path toward becoming a future SMFR firefighter.

History of the Program

In June of 2005, the Parker Fire Protection District, in cooperation with Learning for Life, launched its Explorers Program, giving 15 individuals the opportunity to gain experience in the fire service. Since the merger, SMFR has continued to operate the program but no longer partners with the Boy Scouts of America.

What Explorers Learn

Through the program, Explorers get the opportunity to learn about the equipment and skills utilized by firefighters on a daily basis and the demands of the career. Some of the things Explorers get the chance to learn and experience include:

  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) use
  • How to use ropes and tie knots
  • Hose management and water supply
  • How to safely carry, place, and climb ladders
  • Basic emergency management training
  • Experience live fire training
  • Participate in line trainings, ride-a-longs, and career development activities
  • Have interaction within the department through ceremonies and community events

The Selection Process

  • May 25th - Recruiting Open House
  • May 31st - Interested youth will be invited to apply
  • June 7th - Submission deadline for initial application
  • June 8th - Select applicants will be asked to submit a video interview
  • June 14th - Video interviews due
  • June 15th to 21st - Candidates will complete an in-person interview and physical agility test
  • June 24th - Selected individuals will be notified
  • July 5th - New members will begin training

For more information, please email Kylie Anderson, Program Coordinator.

Explorer doing a box drill
Boy looking up a ladder while holding it.
Explorer on a ladder completing a fire drill
South Metro Fire Rescue Explorers