PFR Explorers


Plano Fire-Rescue Explorer training

About Plano Fire-Rescue Explorer Post 215

The Explorer program provides young men and women age 14 to 20 opportunities to explorer the fire service as a career while providing experiences which help develop interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills. Explorers not only get an immersive first-hand look at the fire service, but they are also given the opportunity to enjoy organized social activities, competitive events, and community interaction while working in a professional atmosphere.

Explorers are exposed to all aspects of public safety, with a particular emphasis placed on fire and EMS skillsets. After the successful completion of the new Explorer orientation and basic training programs, Explorers receive a station assignment and are allowed to ride on Plano Fire-Rescue apparatus to emergencies to observe and provide supportive actions (such as rehab) during major incidents. The objectives of the Explorer training are to promote learning, teamwork, leadership, and organization with a hands-on approach that allows the member to experience fire department operations under the close supervision of professionals.

Plano Fire-Rescue Explorers January 2019

Requirements for Membership

  • Be a resident of the United States
  • Be a resident of Plano
    (or a surrounding city that does not currently have a fire Explorer program)
  • Be fourteen* to twenty years old
    *must have already completed the eighth grade
  • Either be enrolled to attend, attending high school, graduated from high school or have a GED
  • Maintain a minimum of a C average when in school
  • If a minor, permission from parents or legal guardian to participate in the Explorer Program
  • Be able to attend a majority of program activities (Tuesday night meetings, weekend activities)

The Explorers maintain their own website which showcases their latest achievements.  CLICK HERE to visit it. 

Recruitment happens several times a year - usually in the spring and fall.  Applications are only available at the Explorer Open House.

For more information on the program please contact:

Lieutenant John Barrett
1901 K Avenue
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 941-7653
johnb@plano.gov