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Bakersfield, CA 93301


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Bakersfield Fire Department Explorer Program

Fire ExplorersThe Bakersfield FIRE Department Explorer Program is designed for young adults from 15 to 20 years of age who are interested in learning about a career in the Fire Service. The program is a collaboration between the BFD and the Boy Scouts of America.

The goal of BFD Explorer Post #522 is to introduce young adults to firefighting as an professional occupation and spark an interest in firefighting as a career. The program will teach teamwork, leadership skills and camaraderie. BFD Explorers work side by side with professional Bakersfield City Firefighters to help carry out the : Bakersfield Fire Department Mission.

BFD Certified Fire Explorer

Fire ExplorersCertified BFD Explorers may respond with BFD fire companies during routine and emergency activities, but are prohibited from involvement in hazardous situations or any direct fire suppression activities. To become a Certified BFD Explorer, candidates must complete an extensive check-off list which encompasses many of the duties that may be expected of them.

In addition to learning about the Fire Service, the BFD Explorer program motivates young adults to have a sense of responsibility for their neighborhoods through on-going community related activities.  The BFD and the Boy Scouts of America are developing the youth of today, to meet the needs of our community tomorrow.

If you are interested in a position as a BFD Fire Explorer, please fill out the application available through the link provided here:

BFD Fire Explorer Application

Turn in the completed application to BFD Headquarters and Administrative Offices, or email the completed application to Mark Davis at

Fire Explorer Requirements

BFD Fire Explorer minimum requirements:

            • Minimum age of 15 years old or a freshman in high school
            • Must pass a physical agility test prior to emergency response
            • Must pass oral interview
            • Must attend Fire Explorer meetings twice a month
            • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.0

BFD Fire Explorers may possess these desirable qualifications:

            • High School coursework
            • Community service
            • CPR or First Aid training

            • General work experience
            • Extra-curricular activities

BFD Fire Explorer application information:

            • Fire Explorer is a volunteer position
            • Interviews will be held to place names on an eligibility list

            • BFD Explorer Post 522 will contact you as positions are available   


To submit a BFD Fire Explorer application, contact:
Bakersfield FIRE Department Headquarters & Administrative Offices
Phone: (661) 326-3911 or
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