The Anchorage Fire Explorers have been around for more than 20 years. We are an organization designed to promote an atmosphere of learning to those interested in pursuing a firefighting career or seeking life experience. Our goal is to teach the explorers what being a firefighter is all about and at the same time, teach them to embrace ownership, responsibility and leadership within the post and in their lives.
Explorers are given the opportunity to learn and apply both basic and advanced techniques in firefighting and EMS. All skills are learned in a controlled and safe environment. When explorers meet necessary benchmarks, they earn the chance to apply their skills (safely, and never in an IDLH or immediately dangerous to life and health situation) on real fire and medical responses with the Anchorage Fire Department’s Ride Along program.
Throughout their time in the Explorers Post, Anchorage Fire Explorers are strongly encouraged to pursue higher education after graduating from high school. Many of our past Explorers have gone on to work at fire departments throughout the State of Alaska and the Lower 48. Post 264 tries to prepare explorers by providing a para-military structure seen in most fire departments in the United States, information for in-state opportunities for growth, and providing valuable experience through mock interviews. The Explorer post has also attended 1-2 week fire conferences in other states that provide a wealth of information and training.
Fire Service Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are between the ages of 14-20 years.
Fire Service Explorer posts are part of the Learning for Life organization, helping youth gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities. Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities promoting the growth and development of adolescent youth.
Post 264 Fire Explorers meet every Tuesday evening from 1800-2100 and our schedule follows that of the Anchorage School District.