Fire Explorers

The Chino Valley Fire District is proud and honored to be a part of the Explorer Program and to help our youth develop skills that will help them throughout their careers, whether it is in the fire service or another capacity. The program is a division of the Boy Scouts of America and is designed to introduce young men and women (ages 14 to 20) to the fire service as a possible career.

Fire explorers pose with trophy

Why Apply to Become an Explorer?

The Explorer position is a volunteer position, but the training and experience received helps develop self-confidence, self-discipline, responsibility, team work, and leadership skills that last a life time.

How to Get Started

Getting started is simple. CVFD Explorers receive Explorer Interest Forms all year long. Post 911 holds recruitment testing once a year, during the winter months. If you fill out an

Explorer Interest Form you will receive a letter in the mail a few weeks before the recruitment test takes place.

When do we meet?

The Explorers meet every first and third Tuesday of the month (with some exceptions) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Chino Valley Fire Training Center.


The basic qualifications needed to become an Explorer include passing all portions of the application process, maintaining a 2.5 GPA in each subject in school, be between the ages of 14 and 20, and maintaining a clean driving and police record.

To be accepted into the Explorer program, candidates must pass an oral interview and physical agility test. In addition to this, candidates must pass a health examination conducted annually.

Explorers are required to complete an annual minimum of 20 hours of volunteer work at various special functions or community events. Activities that qualify as special functions are Fire District activities that are in addition to normally scheduled monthly meetings. Explorers are also required to complete a minimum of 8 hours a month of ride outs, once certified.

Fire Explorers are the firefighters of tomorrow and the Chino Valley Fire District is proud to be a part of shaping their futures in public service.

View a complete list of Fire Explorer Expectations here.

Explorer Recruitment Test Information

Post 911 holds recruitment testing once a year, in the winter months. Our last test for Explorer candidates took place in January 2019. We will not be testing until the first quarter of 2020. You will receive a letter in the mail a few weeks before the next recruitment test takes place.  A list will be made and recruits will be invited to be a part of the Post as spots become available.  We maintain a total of 30 explorers at a time.

There will be two sections to the recruitment test.

Part 1 will be an oral interview with a total of 5 questions. Sample questions can be found below.

Part 2 is a Explorer Physical Agility Test (PDF) .

Sample Interview Questions:

1. Why do you want to be an Explorer for Chino Valley Fire District?

2. What do you want to get out of being in the Explorer program?

Explorer Promotion Form

This form is available for current explorers during times of promotions.  DO NOT fill out, unless asked by one of the advisers to do so.