Explorer Post 101

Explorer Post 101

Explorer Post 101

Next Recruitment Orientation

2017 Date to be announced…
Fire Training Tower at 3085 St. Lawrence St. off Lincoln Ave
Please report to the patio area behind the Emergency Operations Center

The Recruitment Process

Report to the Fire Training Tower on Recruitment Night (date to be announced). During the orientation, you will be given an application as well as instructions on the recruitment process and testing. It is very important to attend this orientation and receive the necessary information you will need to complete the process. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend as well so there is an understanding of how the program operates and what is expected from the cadets.

On the following Wednesday, the written exam and physical ability test (CPAT) will be administered. All cadets must complete the application process including the written exam and CPAT to be accepted into the program. Once accepted into the program, cadets will begin their training.

The mission of the City of Riverside Fire Department Explorer Post 101 is to provide education, training, and a strong positive work ethic to further prepare Fire Explorer Cadets for a career in the Fire Service.

The Explorer program is designed to build character and develop leadership skills that will help Explorers as they advance within the Post and prepare for academies as well as other career opportunities. By participating in the Fire Explorer Program, the individual will gain personal confidence, learn to use firefighting equipment, develop mechanical skills, and increase their physical fitness level as well as their knowledge of the Fire Service.

Post 101 meets every Wednesday evening at the City of Riverside Fire Department’s Training Facility which is located at 3085 St. Lawrence. The meetings are from 5:45 pm to 9:00 pm. Some exceptions are holidays, winter break and special circumstances.

We recruit and test only twice a year, the first Wednesday in March and the first Wednesday in September. We have 30 positions available which varies from year to year. If we are full, you may be placed on a waiting list for the upcoming recruitment period. We do not accept new recruits in between the recruitment periods. The new recruits or "Training Division" all test and progress together. It is very difficult to add a new recruit and try to get them caught up. We have a dynamic yet fast paced 6 month training program for the new recruits. After 6 months, all Explores in the Training Division complete a written and manipulative exam. After passing the exams, Training Division Explores promote to the Operations Division. The program is governed by Learning for Life, a division of the Boy Scouts of America. There is a startup fee of $200 which covers insurance, patches, misc. supplies & equipment.

The Post's Advisory staff is made up of current and retired City of Riverside Fire Department personnel who volunteer their time to participate in the program. If you are interested in the program or have questions concerning the recruitment process, please feel free to email the Post Advisors. The Post Advisors will be happy to give you a tour of the Training Facility and answer any of your questions.

Explorer Post 101 Advisors:

Tim Odebralski - todebralski@riversideca.gov
Jeff Lewis - (951)834-2485 - jlewis@riversideca.gov

Candidates for the position of Fire Explorer must meet the following requirements:

  • Be of ages 14 to 21 and at least in the 9th grade
  • Have no serious arrests or convictions.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA and provide a copy of most recent grade report
  • Must be able to arrange transportation to the weekly meetings and or events
  • Be free of any physical or medical conditions that could cause injury to themselves or others
  • Must present themselves with fire service grooming standards
  • Complete the Recruitment Process (first two Wednesdays)
  • Pass the Written Exam and the Physical Ability Test (given on the 2nd Wednesday)
  • Payment of $200 upon completion of the recruitment process

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Training Tower located at
3085 St. Lawrence St.
Riverside, CA 92504

Explorer Post 101 Advisors/Contacts

Tim Odebralski: todebralski@riversideca.gov

Jeff Lewis: jlewis@riversideca.gov
Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed on Weekends and Major Holidays
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