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BFD Fire Explorers are issued yellow gear, and are shown here loading hose onto a BFD fire engine following a fire.
High School/Junior Firefighter Explorer Program
The Brighton Fire Department Explorer Post 513 offers life experience, community service scholarship opportunities and more for boys and girls ages 14-18. This is our Junior Firefighter Program and is operated in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America by our own firefighters.
Explorers are issued turnout gear, and receive training alongside our firefighters. They are able to particpate in firefighting training session, and in support roles at emergency scenes. This is a great opportunity for young adults who have family members presently or previously in the emergency services to get involved, or, for young adults who may desire a career in emergency services to see if firefighting and public safety may be a good fit for them.
All Explorers are supervised by New York State Certified Firefighters who meet all necessary criteria and background checks. Explorers are not placed in situations either in training or real life that will threaten their health and well being. Safety is our highest priority.