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201 4th Street SE
Room 10
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2800

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Explorer Program

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Young Adults

Are you interested in working for a fire department someday? If so, you can see what it is like to be a fire professional by becoming a part of the Rochester Fire Department Explorer Post 520.

Program Affiliation

Explorer Post 520 is sponsored by the Rochester Fire Department and affiliated with the Gamehaven Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Program Purpose

The primary purpose is to provide a means by which young men and women may determine if they would like to pursue a career in the fire service as adults. Exploring offers exposure to the skills required to be a firefighter through hands-on training and experience. Some training topics include rappelling, search and rescue, live burns, EMS skills, and much more.

Program Requirements

Young men and women are eligible to be in Explorer Post 520 if they are 16 years to 18 years old. Prior to 16 years of age, the student may be admitted into the program pending a short interview with the parents. After 18 years old, if the student wishes to stay in the Explorer Program, they will be transitioned into a Youth Advisor role. Post 520 typically meets one to two times a month at one of the five Rochester Fire Stations. There is a minimal annual fee which covers membership and insurance costs.

Program “Perks”

Explorers will get department specific details on working with tools, skills valuable to the profession, peer mentoring, and the added bonus of getting to ride along with the Rochester Fire Department. Also, the advisors and departments members can also help with life after High School. Meaning, discussion on going into the military, going to fire school, testing for departments, etc.

Program Contact

For more information, please contact Firefighter/Advisor Caleb Feine at (507) 285-8968.