Regular meetings are twice a month. Additional meetings are often held to cover special topics. Explorers are involved with planning and implementing trainings. We are often assisted by firefighters from surrounding communities to get a broader range of training.
We are active with other fire, EMS, police, and nursing explorer programs from Michigan and Ohio. We participate in large mock disasters / mass causality incident drills, field days, competitions and trainings with these other posts. These regional and national events allow Explorers to work with others from different areas and see how tactics and strategies vary among departments and regions. Our post has even assisted another fire/EMS post with providing medical and first-aid services to the public during a county fair. Visit our Events page for more information.
Explorers are assigned and responsible for maintaining their assigned turnout gear. The post has applied for and successfully received grants to obtain additional gear and tools for training and to enhance and ensure safety of participants during activities. Much of this gear may also be used to assist the community and fire department in the event of a disaster.
We are involved in many community events. We help conduct fire drills at our senior housing facility, assist at festivals, been victims for mock disaster drills and helped other community groups with projects. The post is self funded so we participate in several fundraising activities such as car washes, hydrant painting, leaf clean-ups, and boot drives.
Approximately 80% of our Explorers go on to a career or have some involvement in the fire service when they become adults. We have Explorer graduates who are now on our own department, as well as many other departments including ones in California, Florida, and a military department. Many of our graduates give back to the group by becoming involved as Advisors and mentors once they become firefighters. Our goal is to continue to provide as broad a training base as possible and instill as much knowledge as we can for our participates to achieve their goal of becoming firefighters and responsible members of their communities.
Explorer post 1717 is a non-funded, self-supporting program. Explorer post operations are not budgeted or funded by the City or Fire Department. No taxes support the program. All Post operations are funded through donations and fundraising. To donate, please visit our contact us page or support us at our next fundraising event .
Two teenagers and one young adult who are learning the ropes of firefighting through the City of Northville Fire Department’s Explorer program recently attended a firefighting and search-and-rescue training program at the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) in Champaign, Ill. More on the Explorer program .