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Who we are

The San Mateo County Cal Fire Explorer program is designed for young men and women from ages 14-21 who are interested in learning about a career in the fire service. The Explorer program is taught by paid professional fire fighters dedicated to our long term goal; exposing explorers to the different career paths available within the fire service. The program goes over all aspects of firefighting such as structural, medical and hazardous situations . Explorers will also participate in ride-alongs at any Cal Fire station for a 4, 8 or 12 hour shift. Explorers will be able to assist on emergency and non-emergency incidents . In addition explorers will gain skills such as team building, leadership, and discipline.

Community Service:

Our Explorers participate in many programs that in return benefit the community and the fire service.

Volunteer events include:

  • Highlands 4th of July fire watch
  • Pumkin Patch Festival fire watch in October
  • MDA (fill the boot)
  • Highlands free Christmas tree removal


  • Be within the age requirements (14-21)
  • Be in good physical shape (with exceptions)
  • Must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average in all classes and be in good standings with their school
  • Must attend regularly scheduled meetings
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • NO drug or Alcohol usage

Welcome to the San Mateo County Cal Fire Explorer Program

Interested? Contact us at

What is Exploring?

Exploring is a joint venture between Leaning for Life and the San Mateo County Fire Department. To gain maximum benefit from the program Explorers must give full commitment in order to attend all Explorer related events. Most importantly Explorers must be able to work together as a TEAM!!


Post 955 was originally started in the 70's by CDF (which is now CAL FIRE) then it became sponsored by San Mateo County. Since the start of the post many high ranking CAL FIRE staff have started a career with the help of their instructors and the knowlege they gained.

How to Join

New Explorer recruits are typically brought into the program twice a year during the months of February and August. If you are interested in becoming an Explorer at Post 955 or have additional questions, here's how.
Contact us at

Please include:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your age
  • Name of your school
  • Your phone number