Fire Explorer Program

2020 Recruitment Timeline

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Monday, September 16, 2019: Applications Open on NeoGov
Friday, October 25, 2019: Applications Close
Monday, November 4, 2019: Written Exam
6:30 p.m. at the Clackamas Fire District #1 Training Center
15990 SE 130th Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015
Thursday, November 7, 2019: Written Exam
For those candidates who weren’t able to make the November 4 exam.
6:30 p.m. at the Clackamas Fire District #1 Training Center
15990 SE 130th Ave., Clackamas,OR 97015
Monday, November 11, 2019: Panel Interviews CANCELLED
Monday,November 18, 2019: Panel Interviews
Monday, December 2, 2019: Conditional Placement Offer/Background Checks
December 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2019: Pre-Placement Occ. Health Testing
December 16, 17, 18, and 19, 2019: Pre-Placement Occ. Health Testing
December 23, 2019 – January 10, 2020: Pre-Placement Physicals – must be completed by Jan. 10, 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020: Medical Clearances Due
Monday, January 20, 2020: Class Begins
Program Overview

The Explorer Program provides opportunities for high school aged individuals (15-21) who are interested in learning/exploring different careers. Clackamas Fire District #1 believes that Exploring is a first and crucial step in beginning the journey to becoming a professional firefighter. Clackamas Fire District #1 is committed to providing our Explorers with the most realistic experience possible. The Explorer program is designed and will function similar to a Fire Science/Fire Academy, and will focus on the following areas:

Fire Explorer Program

  • Application/Interview Process
  • Basic Firefighter Skills
  • Academic Requirements
  • Advancement Process
  • Resume Building
  • Public Relations
  • Emergency Response
  • Crew Dynamics/Interaction

The goal of the program is to provide members with a basic understanding of the fire service and to prepare them for the next step, which may be:

  • Resident/Volunteer Firefighting
  • College Level Fire Science Programs
  • EMT/Paramedic Programs
Other Activities

Firefighting is a very physically and mentally demanding profession that requires individuals to rely on one another for support and encouragement. To reinforce the teamwork and camaraderie, Explorers will be encouraged to participate in activities off the fire ground and out of the classroom. Some of the activities may include:

  • Annual Safety Fair
  • Camping
  • COPE Course (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience)
  • Hiking
  • Operation Santa Claus
  • Oregon City Clean-Up
  • Pioneer Family Festival
  • Snow weekends

For a more comprehensive list of activities provided by the Exploring Division of Learning for Life, please visit: