The Skokie Fire Explorer program provides young adults who have an interest in the fire service an opportunity to become familiar with the career opportunities available in the fire service.
Through hands-on and classroom instruction, explorers are taught the basic skills of firefighting and EMS.
The leadership experience, self-confidence, and communication skills acquired through this program will benefit participants not only in fire service careers, but in all future endeavors.
Fire Explorers wear a uniform and are provided with turn-out gear and other safety clothing. The program is designed to encourage accountability, safety, communication, teamwork, fitness and the development of leadership skills.
During the program, participants are given the opportunity to attend the Illinois Fire Service Institute's Explorer Candidate Weekend in Champaign, Illinois.
14 to 20 years of age
Maintain a 2.0 grade point average in school
Ability to read, write, and comprehend directions and training materials in English
Ability to work as a team member
The program meets twice per month (one weeknight, one Saturday morning) during the year. Participants commit to participating for the entire year.
Hands-on Exercises Include
Fire service hose work
Ladder work of all kinds
Fire streams & water supply
Ventilation & forcible entry
Firefighter search & rescue
Ropes & knots
Rapid Intervention Team
Structural fire fighting under controlled fire conditions in SFD facilities.