The Explorer Scout program is comprised of motivated young men and women ages 14-21 with an interest in the fire service. The current lead advisor to Napa Fire Explorer Post 220 is Firefighter/Paramedic Ray Fields.
The members of the Post meet twice a month to train on various aspects of firefighter related skills and develop their knowledge of the requirements to become a firefighter. After proving their dedication over a period of time, the scouts are allowed to "ride along" with the firefighters on shift, respond to calls, and assist the crews with their daily activities. In addition, the Explorers frequently volunteer for community service related activities and assist during large disasters.
Each year an Explorer's Fire Academy is held in the State of California to provide Fire Explorers from throughout the state with "hands on" fire fighting experience. In 1998 and 1999 Post 220 was honored with the request to host the academy with the assistance of the City of Napa Fire Department, the California Department of Forestry/Napa County Fire Department, and the American Canyon Fire Department.
The Explorers received hands on training in flammable liquid and wild land fire fighting, auto extrication and rope rescue. The week of training culminated in live structural fire fighting using donated buildings that were scheduled to be demolished. The graduation ceremonies were inspiring events with many local dignitaries attending along with the Explorer's families. Below are a few pictures from that exciting week.