Fire Explorer Program

Maple Grove Fire Explorers - Post 3777

Who we are

Fire exploring is a job-shadowing program through the Boy Scouts of America/Learning for Life for youths ages 15 to 21 who wish to learn more about fire service. Explorer Post 3777 is operated by the Maple Grove Fire Department (MGFD) and has been in existence since 1977 -- two years after the department was established. 

Fire explorers are an integral part of Maple Grove Fire-Rescue. A program priority is to recruit eligible explorers for the Fire Department to be paid on-call firefighters. Currently, our 110-member department boasts twelve former explorers on the roster including a chief officer.

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What we do

Emphasis at meetings include a modified Firefighter I course. In addition to becoming CPR or EMR certified, explorers also have the opportunity to attend hazardous materials training. Following orientation and a probationary period, explorers may take a competency exam which enables them to attend regular fire department training sessions at their assigned fire station. At this point, the explorer gains familiarity with their station crew and apparatus. Following a practical exam, they are issued a pager and can respond to emergency incidents with their assigned station and acquire valuable field experience.

When we meet

Fire Explorer meetings are held the second and fourth Sunday of each month with the exception of holidays and special events. There may be opportunities for special events.

The Explorer Post has two members who are currently working through the hiring process for the Maple Grove Fire Department. They were able to train with the fire academy organized by the MGFD to become state certified as firefighters.


  • Classroom training in Firefighter I and II, First Responder, Hazmat Ops.
  • Hands-on and tactical training to enhance skills.
  • Attend regular Fire Department training (second and third Wednesday each month).
  • Respond to fire calls with assigned station.
  • Assist with other department events such as open houses and Maple Grove Days.
  • Participate in competitions/training events with other explorer posts.
  • Potential to be accepted into the fire academy as an explorer.
  • Potential to be certified as an EMR through the Fire Department.


  • Great learning experience and insight into the fire service.
  • Offers a chance for community involvement and volunteer opportunities.
  • Build lasting friendships in a wide group dynamic.
  • Potential recommendation from advisors to apply for the Fire Department at age 18.
  • The program is free to enroll in, and quarterly dues can be paid for through fundraising.

Further information

Email an explorer advisor with questions, or submit an application (PDF) if you'd like to join.