Fire and Rescue

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12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
John S. Butler
Fire Chief

Explorer Training

Explorer Post 1949 Program

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Explorer Post 1949 was established in 2005 and is operated under the direction of a uniformed Program Manager with oversight from the Chief Training Officer. The primary mission of the post is to allow young men and women between the ages of 14 to 20 the opportunity to learn about a career in fire and rescue. The post also serves as a constructive means for explorers to serve their community, build leadership skills, and avoid delinquent behaviors that endanger today's youth. The post meets three times each month to conduct training events on various aspects of the fire service. All training is orchestrated by both career and volunteer staff of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, as they serve as positive role models for those interested in the field. Explorers have the opportunity to practice pulling fire hose, throwing ladders, practicing emergency medical skills, sitting in with fire and police dispatchers, attempting the fire department's physical agility test (CPAT), experience a driving simulator, and participate in a fire department competition with other explorer posts. After a short training session, explorers are permitted to accompany fire and rescue personnel to emergency incidents, providing them an even more comprehensive understanding of the field.  

Explorer Metro Explorer Picture

The post has participated in several regional events including the following:

  • National Capital Area Fire Exploring Muster

                First place building search
                Second place CPR
                Second place hoseline advance

  • City of Fairfax Fireman's Day Competition

                 Third place "Lay a Line Competition"

  • Firehouse Expo Baltimore, MD

If interested in becoming an Explorer, please view the Operating Procedures and complete the application included. Any questions can be directed to Lieutenant Evelyn Edwards at 


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