The Apopka Fire Department is proud to be one of the few Fire Departments in Central Florida to have a program dedicated to our youth. The Explorer Program was created in 1983 to provide high school students with the experience of firefighting as a profession.
Inspiring the Youth
Our goal is to
take students who have an interest in firefighting as a career and train
them on all aspects of the job to hopefully join us as career
firefighters. We currently have many full-time and volunteer
firefighters who began their careers as Explorers.
The Explorer Program follows the Orange County Public School calendar.
Meetings are every Tuesday night throughout the school year taking
breaks during scheduled holidays. The meetings run from 7-9 p.m. and are
held at the Leroy F. Gilliam Training Center located at:
Leroy F. Gilliam Training Center
321 E Cleveland Street
Apopka, FL 32703
During the meetings the Explorers train in all aspects of the job including:
Emergency Medical Services
Confined Space Rescue
Deploying / Advancing Hose lines
Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
Search and Rescue
All Explorers will become certified in CPR.
Upon completion of their first year, the Explorer can participate in
our ride-along program. This is when the Explorer gets to really see
what the life of a firefighter is all about. The Explorer can spend a
shift at the firehouse, from the hours of 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and ride
with our District Chiefs to actual Emergency calls.