St. Michael Fire Explorers - Post 3172

The Explorer Post 3172, organzied in 2002, is overseen and operated by the St. Michael Fire Department. The Explorer program is a job-shadowing program through the Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life for youth ages 14 to 21 who wish to learn more about fire and medical services.

The purpose of Fire Exploring is to provide experiences that help young people mature, and prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. The program helps develop, train, and prepare interested youths for a career in full-time, volunteer, or paid-on-call firefighting and emergency medical services.

The program is based on five key areas:

  • Career opportunities
  • Life skills
  • Citizenship
  • Character education
  • Leadership experience

Fire Explorers also acts as a feeder program for the fire department—at the age of 18, cadets may apply to the Reserve Division of SMFD and progress through the ranks.


  • Classroom and on-scene training involving firefighting skills, emergency medical, and hazmat.
  • Train Explorers to become familiar with the role the fire department plays in the community, how it is structured, and how it functions during normal and emergency activities.
  • Learn to become self-reliant and self-confident during stressful situations, learn to participate and function as a member of a team, and understand the importance of personal safety as it relates to fire and emergency medical care.
  • Hands-on and tactical training to enhance skills.
  • Assist with department events such as open houses, St. Michael Dazes and Knights, and National Night Out.
  • Community services projects: collecting toys for “Caring for Kids,” hosting Santa at the Fire Station.
  • Fundraising: car wash, selling supporter t-shirts, etc.
  • Participate in competitions/training events with other Explorer posts.


  • Great learning experience and insight into the fire service.
  • Offers a chance for community involvement and volunteer opportunities.
  • Build lasting friendships in a wide group dynamic.
  • Potential recommendation from advisors to apply for the fire department at age 18.
  • The program is free to enroll in (annual dues to Learning of Life are paid for by the SMFD).
  • Program expenses (shirt, supplies, etc.) are paid through fundraising and donations.
  • Chances to apply for scholarships given by the Learning for Life program.