Explorer Post 343 is a youth program for males and females ages 14-20 who are interested in fire service and looking to help their community and receive community service hours. Fire Explorer programs are sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America.
Members meet twice a month and participate in various Fire Department training and education sessions. We also offer a Ride Along Program that allows participants to interact with firefighters and ride along on emergency calls. This exciting experience allows our explorers to get a firsthand look at what a career in fire service is all about.
Organization & Core Values
There are approximately 20 explorers in the program. Members are given uniforms and receive a rank depending on their position in the program. Leadership ranks include explorer chief, deputy chief, training chief, and captains. Core values taught to the members include:
Note: Members of the Pueblo Fire Department serve as advisers and have volunteered many hours to develop the program. Advisers are trained and fully committed to developing the youths in the program.
The Pueblo Fire Department Explorers Program was established in 2005, and named Explorer Post 343. The post number 343 is significant. It honors the 343 New York Fire Department firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In 2012 the Explorer post won 2 National Championships at the National Convention held in Ft. Collins, CO. This is an example of the hard work of the advisors and the explorers themselves, congratulations.
If you would like more information on joining this outstanding program, please contact Pueblo Firefighters Joey Gutierrez at Fire Station 1 (719) 553-2815 or Barbie McDowell at Fire Station Eight at (719) 553-2834.