Fire/EMS Explorer Program

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Exploring is part of Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14 through 19 years old. The purpose of the program is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

Exploring is based on a unique relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow and develop.

Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, service learning, character education and leadership experience.

Fire Service Exploring is a worksite-based program that helps youth gain insight into a variety of programs that offer career activities in the fire-rescue service. For youth who are interested in careers in the field of fire-rescue service, the program offers experiential learning with plenty of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.

Learn first-hand how exciting the firefighter/EMT’s job is by working side-by-side with actual Merrimack Firefighter/EMTs. Following an introductory training program, Fire Explorers can have the ability to respond to real emergencies with firefighters and paramedics, and assist them by performing routine, supervised tasks. Fire Explorers assist with virtually all routine tasks in the community and around the fire station, including community relations, fire prevention, equipment and station maintenance, and training.

Fire Explorers wear a uniform, and are provided with helmets, turnouts, and other safety clothing when needed. They are welcome members of the fire stations where they volunteer.

 Becoming a Fire Explorer is an excellent way to develop qualities and gain experience that will be helpful in nearly any field of endeavor.


To experience the excitement and challenge of being an Explorer, applicants must:

  • Be 14 to 19 years old
  • Have completed 8th grade
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA with no failing classes
  • Be in good physical health and of good moral character
  • Complete and return the Explorer application
  • Pass an oral interview
  • Submit to a background investigation
  • Have parental or guardian consent

New Program

The Merrimack Fire Department will be expanding to include an EMERGENCY MEDICAL EXPLORER ONLY PROGRAM.  This program will provide specific learning and exposure to the field of Emergency Medicine.  It will focus around the ambulance and caring for the sick and injured.  The Explorers within this program will be exposed emergency medical operations in the field working side by side with Paramedics as well as ambulance activities at the hospital's emergency department.  If you meet the requirements and are interested, proceed to the "How to Join" section to get stated.

How to join the merrimack fire and rescue department explorer program

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