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    Does being an explorer in your dept. help you become a firefighter once you turn 18 or 21? I have heard of Depts that promote thier explorers to firefighters once they turn 18 or 21 after they get their required certs. Being a explorer in my dept doesnt help getting on the job, im not complaining or anything because I really love being a explorer and I get great first hand knowledge on the fire service but I dont know how it works in other fire depts and wanted to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDNYexp6012 View Post
    Does being an explorer in your dept. help you become a firefighter once you turn 18 or 21? I have heard of Depts that promote thier explorers to firefighters once they turn 18 or 21 after they get their required certs. Being a explorer in my dept doesnt help getting on the job, im not complaining or anything because I really love being a explorer and I get great first hand knowledge on the fire service but I dont know how it works in other fire depts and wanted to know.
    I was an explorer for 3 years before becomming a FF. On my department it was an automatic promotion, upon completion on certifications.
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    Explorer at age 14 - 21:

    Volunteer Firefighter at age 18:
    THe only way to become a volunteer Firefighter is to be an explorer.
    Must be in good standing with the post. Have FF1, CPAT Cert., and Pass all Written Exams.

    Paid Full-Time Firefighter at the age of 21:
    The current chief loves hiring from the volunteer division.

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    Here being an explorer will move you to the front of the hiring list from what I have been told.
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    Here all it does is give us some incite into the fire service. Plus it may look good to some departments in the oral boards. Thats all that I can think of for my area.
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    I was an Explorer when I was 14 with the Franklin Fire Dept
    located in Franklin TN.
    I would have to say, it's a great program that introduces those who
    may be actually interested in FireFighting.
    Although I think my Dad being a FireFighter all my life had much
    much more to do so with my outcome than the Explorer program did.
    Like I said, its a great program. Not sure about other Dept.'s but we
    all got our own gear. And were able to "Ride along" all day
    as well as respond to calls like Structure Fires.
    The only thing we couldnt do was actually enter a building.
    We helped swap air, Rehab etc....
    Our program classes consisted of the same stuff they teach for FF1.
    Everything from Fire Behavior to collapse and everything inbetween.

    But I guess to answer your question, It wont hurt having it on your application. It can only help.

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    I was an explorer for 3 years and when i reached 18 i was taken in to the dept with no questions. It is the way the dept works

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDNYexp6012 View Post
    Does being an explorer in your dept. help you become a firefighter once you turn 18 or 21? I have heard of Depts that promote thier explorers to firefighters once they turn 18 or 21 after they get their required certs. Being a explorer in my dept doesnt help getting on the job, im not complaining or anything because I really love being a explorer and I get great first hand knowledge on the fire service but I dont know how it works in other fire depts and wanted to know.

    Not all departments are set up that an Explorer is a step up to FF. I started as an Explorer on the post I'm with now and there was NO step up to firefighter. In fact I had to go to school and took me 3 times to finally get hired. I also was offered a few other FF jobs before accepting this one.

    What Exploring does help you with is you get a very good idea of the job and if it is a carrer you really would want to pursue. I always mentioned I was an Explorer in every job interview I had, because it does show you have an interest in the job and that you have been pursuing such a career for some time. Basically view it as another feather in the cap, or another bullet point on a resume. However, don't assume that being an Explorer will or should help you land a job. By all means obtain other education and certifications as possible.
    The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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