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Plano Fire-Rescue began Explorer Post 215 in March of 1988. The program was established so that young men and women could learn about the fire service while providing a community service. The post gives youth the opportunity to explore fire fighting and emergency medical services to determine if it is a career they would be interested in pursuing.

Developing Skills

Members not only get a first hand look at the fire service, they are given the opportunity to enjoy organized recreational activities, competitive events, and community interaction while working in a professional atmosphere. Exploring gives young people the opportunity to develop interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills.

Instruction on Operations

Explorers are exposed to Plano Fire-Rescue's operations, which include structural fire fighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, special rescue and the 911 emergency operations center. The Explorer training program includes instruction in the following areas:

  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Communication
  • Equipment
  • Fire Prevention
  • First Aid
  • Leadership
  • Public Education
  • Rescue
  • Safety

The objective of the training is to promote learning, teamwork, leadership, and organization with a hands-on approach that allows the member to experience Plano Fire-Rescue's operations under close supervision.

Requirements for Membership

  • Live and/or go to school in the city of Plano
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be no older than 20 years of age
  • Be enrolled and attending high school, or have graduated from high school
  • Have a minimum of a "C" average on the most recent grade report
  • Accept the obligation to observe the Explorer Code
  • Accept the obligation to comply with the department’s and post’s policies and procedures
  • Have permission from parents or legal guardian to participate in the Explorer Program
  • Attend weekly Monday night post meetings

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