Fire Explorer Program

Program Overview

Fire Explorer ProgramThe 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:

  • 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
2019 Recruitment Timeline
Available Now: Applications Open on NeoGov (Click HERE to Apply)
Friday, October 26, 2018: Applications Close
Monday, October 29, 2018: Information Night
Monday, November 5, 2018: Written Exam
Monday, November 12, 2018: Panel Interview
Monday, December 3, 2018: Conditional Placement Offer/Background Checks
December 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2018: Pre-Placement Occ. Health Testing
December 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2018: Pre-Placement Occ. Health Testing
Dec. 26, 2018 –Jan. 17, 2019: Pre-Placement Physicals – must be completed by Jan. 17, 2019
Wednesday, January 23, 2019: Medical Clearances Due
Monday, January 28, 2019: Class Begins
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: