Educating Future Firefighters

Thank you for your interest in the explorer program! Explorer Post 4300 is open to girls and boys interested in learning about the fire service. Explorers who have participated in our program have gone on to complete college level Fire Science and EMT/Paramedic degree programs and have joined the ranks of the Fire Service as Volunteer or Career Firefighters. 


  • Academic Knowledge / Professional Requirements 

  • Team Building – Crew Dynamics / Interaction

  • Hands-on Practical Skills Training

  • Emergency Medical Skills – First Aid/CPR

  • Physical fitness

Participation Requirements:

  • Must be a graduate of 8th grade and between the ages of 14 and 18.

  • Must be able to attend weekly drills every Thursday from 6:30pm to 08:30pm.

  • Required to maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average at school.

  • Complete assigned duties/responsibilities in a timely manner.

  • Adhere to dress and conduct codes provided.

  • Willingness to make improvements and show self motivation.

  • Required to participate in community service events and post fundraising activities.

  • Explorers will be issued educational material, personal protective equipment, and uniform items all of which must be returned if the Explorer leaves the post for any reason.

Further Information and Questions:

  • Come see firsthand what the program has to offer. Stop in and observe one of our Thursday evening training sessions.

  •  For further information or if you have questions, please contact Chief Brad White at

Build Your Reputation

There are many options for college degrees and certifications for students wishing to pursue a career in fire and emergency services. The following Illinois schools offer degrees and programs in fire, emergency management and/or emergency medicine:

Southern Illinois University – Public Safety Management

Western Illinois University – Fire Protection Services Program

Southwestern Illinois College – Fire Sciences Program

Southwestern Illinois College – Emergency Medical Technician

The Federal Emergency Management Agency compiles a robust list of institutions that offer a wide variety of degrees and course work related to the fire service.