The Cedarburg Fire Department Explorers are a group of
teenage youth devoted to the fire service and serving
their community. The post trains teenagers ages 14-18
about the many aspects of fire fighting. Trainings
include topics such as ladders, hand tools, and advancing
hoses. The post supports the “active” fire department at
fire calls, and supports the community through our many
public service events.
The events include a food drive program, working at the
annual Maxwell Street Days and working closely with the schools
on fire prevention.
The explorer group has three levels of experience.
- Probationary Explorer. This is the first step when
you first join the group. They can participate in trainings
but are limited on what they can do, and which service
projects the group might have.
- Explorer. These explorers have more understanding
of what the fire service is about. They can go on fire calls
and have a limited job assignment on the fire ground.
- Senior Explorer. This is the highest level of the
group. They have a very good understanding of where tools are
in the fire apparatus and know how they work and can properly
use them. With more experience being around the firehouse,
senior explorers also get to know how the fire department
works on and off the fire scene. To reach this level of
explorers, a person has to receive higher than 70% on a test
of the fundamentals of firefighting. The instructors give a
practical test as well. Senior Explorers also are able to get
more involved with the department trainings and have a greater
opportunity to work with the firefighters on fire calls.
Each explorer that joins the post is assigned a duty group.
Each duty group has a specific job each week. They are
encouraged to come down to the firehouse and help out with
weekly maintenance of the fire trucks, keep the fire station
clean, and respond to fire calls. To keep the explorer’s
projects and the group organized, the explorer advisors choose
leaders for the post. There are explorer officers, Lieutenants
and a Captain. They have the responsibilities of running the
business meetings, helping teach the less experienced explorers
and providing a good working relationship within the fire
Each officer is assigned a duty group. They are in charge of
their group working in the firehouse that week and working with
them on fire calls. Besides working on fire related subjects,
the officers promote team work, working on community service
projects, and helping build leadership.
The Explorers train on many different aspects of the fire
service. We practice on average two times a month, and also get
to work with the different companies within the Fire Department.
We work not only side by side with each other, but with the
firefighters and officers as well, to get a better understanding
of how to work at a fire. This also brings camaraderie and team
At the trainings we work on:
- Donning and doffing or personal protective equipment
- Using hand tools
- Putting up ladders
- Working with charged hose lines
- Search and Rescue
- Pumping operations
- Fire attack
Please print the
and mail it to:
Cedarburg Fire Department Attn: Explorer Advisors
P.O. Box 327
Cedarburg, WI 53012
For questions or more information call Rebecca Delsman at 262-893-7993
The explorer program is a great way for youth
to learn about the fire service. The skills learned can
make for a potential carrier in firefighting, as well as
help in daily life.