Apply to Become an Orlando Fire Department Explorer

Do you want to join the Orlando Fire Department's job-shadowing program?

The Orlando Fire Department offers teens and youth ages 14-20 the opportunity to participate in training and ride-alongs with firefighters while exploring a career in firefighting. The OFD Explorer Program instills discipline, communication skills, teamwork and confidence in a fun environment.


Check your eligibility

To become an OFD Explorer, you must:

  • Be age 14-19. Since Explorers age out of the program at 21, you can't apply after your 20th birthday.
  • Be a student enrolled in or entering high school, college or vocational school.
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Be available for a meeting every other Tuesday night from 7-9 p.m., as well as for occasional weekend training sessions and community events.
  • Have a good attitude.
  • Pay a $50 membership fee, $2 in dues for every meeting, and provide black pants, shoes, socks and belt for your uniform.

Submit a pre-registration form

Submit a pre-registration form if you would like to be notified via e-mail when our next open enrollment date is scheduled.

Pre-Register for Open Enrollment

Attend an open enrollment meeting

Enrollment meetings happen once or twice per year. The next open enrollment meeting will be held at a date to be determined in 2020. 

Start attending meetings

If you are qualified to join, you can start attending meetings after open enrollment.

After you have attended three meetings, you will fill out a full application, pay your $50 dues, and officially join the OFD Explorer Program.