Explorer Program

Downey Fire Department Explorer Post # 641 is a program designed for young adults from ages 16 to 21 years of age who are interested in learning about a career in the Fire Service. The program is jointly administered with Learning for Life; an organization whose goal is to help youths formulate positive personal values through character development and career education.

The Explorer Program meets every Thursday night at Downey Fire Station #1 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (excluding holidays); and periodically on Saturdays and Sundays for scheduled drills.  Explorers may also participate in other training activities including local multi-agency drills, a statewide Explorer academy, and/or federal wildland fire academy.

Explorers are introduced and education on various Fire Service subjects including: 

  1. Fire Suppression
  2. Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment
  3. Safety
  4. Extinguishers
  5. Hoselays
  6. Ladders
  7. Breathing Apparatus
  8. Emergency Medical Service
  9. Vehicle Extrication
  10. Ropes and Knots
  11. Wildland Firefighting
  12. Incident Command System
  13. Swiftwater Rescue
  14. Rope Rescue
  15. Urban Search and Rescue