Explorer Post #48

If you are a Whitehall Central School student aged 13 years or older and:

  • Have an interest in Fire Operations and Emergency Services;

  • Possess a desire to serve your community;

  • Want to experience real life situations more than computer simulations;

  • Want to be a part of something larger than yourself;

  • Have a need to learn team-building and to belong to that team;

  • Have leadership skills or want to learn about leadership and responsibility?

If so, then we have just the program for you. Our Fire Explorer program is administered under the guidelines provided by the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life series of activities. These activities are designed to give interested youth the necessary practical experience and knowledge to assist them in determining possible life career opportunities. As High School provides you with enough knowledge to pursue more education or to exist in the world, this program exposes you to real-world training and experience that comes from more than books and lectures. So, just what do we offer you and what can you expect from becoming a member of this organization?

  • Exposure to the inner workings of a very active Volunteer Fire Company:

    • Observe how local government operates and manages the proper operations of the company.

    • Actively participate in training events and learn how fire operations are conducted.

    • Receive hands-on training on all equipment and how it is employed and maintained.

    • Learn the training and education needed to become a fully qualified fire fighter.

  • A better understanding of the importance of the Fire Service to community and citizens.

  • Achieve a level of training to earn your own “turn out” gear and work with active volunteer firefighters.

  • Be a part of and serve with some of the highest quality people in the community.

  • Establish relationships with people who can be of great help in future endeavors.

  • Observe and learn real leadership principles in a real operational environment.

  • Achieve an understanding of what commitment is and how important taking responsibility is in all facets of life.

  • EARN the respect of fellow fire fighters, members of the community and, most importantly, realize how much you now respect yourself.

Whether you want to pursue a career in the Fire Service should not be the deciding factor in joining this organization! Re-read the above and realize the life lessons you will learn which will directly benefit you and your future.

Experience the satisfaction of not only being part of an elite organization but knowing that you have what it takes to succeed…while realizing that your peers may not have these type abilities. This is yet another life lesson learned early and not later. Are you the kind of individual ruled by your own mind and drive or one who bases personal decisions on the acceptance of the group? It’s just a question to ponder — deeply.

Want to talk more about this or need more information? Then stop at the Station any Tuesday night with questions or to setup an appointment. All appointments/interviews must be attended by at least one parent. We look forward to hearing from you!

Explorer Rules and Regulations

Introduction:   The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. is responsible for providing quality fire prevention, suppression, emergency medical response, and rescue services to the Whitehall and surrounding area

All Explorers of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. are expected to be outstanding citizens of the community.  Even at times that a member is not in uniform, the member represents the Fire Department.  Morals and personal beliefs are taken into consideration during the membership process.  In short, a person that the normal, reasonable person would wish to mentor or emulate would be the perfect person for membership.

The mission of this organization is to prevent fire through a systematic delivery service of education, fire prevention awareness, and proactive initiatives that focus on eliminating acts and/or practices that can cause fire.

Please keep in mind that this document is not an absolute nor is all-inclusive, but is in fact a guideline. Each incident is unique and good judgment must be used in providing the most effective, efficient and safe resolution.

These rules and regulations cannot, nor are they expected to, provide a solution to every question or problem that may arise in an emergency situation. It is expected that they will cover, whether in a specific or general way, the obligations and duties of the Explorer member of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc.

These rules and regulations apply to all Explorer connected with the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc.  Every member shall abide by these rules and regulations.


  • Explorer membership is limited to those who have achieved the age of 13 but not the age of 16. No prospective member shall be disqualified based on race, color, creed or sex.

  • Reside within the fire district of Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. (exceptions shall be awarded by the Fire Chief).

  • Physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of an Explorer.

  • Be of good moral character.

  • Must understand and agree, that consumption of, or appearance of being under the influence of alcohol, or any illegal narcotics while active with the Explorer Program of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc., during a fire company function, you will be subject for termination from Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. Explorer Program.

  • Your presence at any emergency scene is not necessary and will not be accepted or tolerated.

  • Attend all Training Meetings after schoolwork is complete and with the permission of the parents or guardian

  • Attend all school classes. Grades must be kept up to a passing level. If you failed your grade you failed your Fire Company. If your parents indicate you have a failing grade in one or more of your subjects, you will be temporary relived of attendance until notified by your parents that your grade(s) have been brought up to a passing level.

Job Description: 

As an Explorer, you will be a part of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. staff. You will also be able to participate in training events and other station based duties performed by qualified Firefighters, though on a limited and supervised basis. With this in mind, Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. will strive to provide a safe, learning environment and help promote leadership through the public service career approach. All training and knowledge acquired would also help instill a positive, moral induced lifestyle whether or not one chooses to stay in this selected field.

However, Explorers will only be allowed to participate in station based training when under close supervision of a Fire Officer or subordinate. Explorers shall never be allowed to participate in close proximity suppression activities including operating in a hazardous environment. 

As an Explorer, you will never be allowed to use equipment such as SCBA, Extrication Tools and high powered cutting saws until 16 years of age, and then only while serving as a Junior Firefighter, and under close supervision in fire company training events.

You will be trained within the fire company on subjects such as, but not limited to:

  • Fire Department Orientation

  • Small hand tools and loose equipment

  • Radio Communications

  • Run order and description of all emergency apparatus

  • Understanding of Chain of Command

  • Incident Command System

  • CPR and other related EMS duties


Explorers are only allowed to ride on responding apparatus with the approval of, and in the company of, a fire company Fire Officer.

Explorers are not authorized to attend emergency calls or use vehiclular emergency warning equipment (i.e. lights or sirens) on their personal vehicles and are not to operate any vehicle in an emergency fashion under any circumstances. If lights and/or sirens are found on your personal vehicle, they will be referred to law enforcement who will direct you to remove them. Explorers must adhere to all traffic laws and control devices when traveling to fire company activities. Posted speed limit will be adhered to.

Explorers shall report to the station only on meeting nights or other prescribed times. Showing up on fire scenes without authorization is subject for termination.

All equipment issued to the Explorer remains the property of Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. and must be returned immediately upon termination or resignation of membership.

At the age of 16, if you wish to continue with Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc., you may apply to the fire company to be a Junior Firefighter.

You may be issued I am Responding app on your phone, if available. This app will alert you to Whitehall Fire calls and will also be a source to message you if needed. Keep in mind that this app will not allow you to go on an emergency call.

If there are more than four (4) Explorers in the fire company at one time, two will be voted on by the Explorers to the rank of Explorer Captain and Explorer Lieutenant within the Explorer Program. The Job will be a leadership role and you will assist in the training of new Explorer recruits.

Any conduct perceived to be objectionable or defamatory to the fire company may be cause for immediate dismissal.  In the event dismissal is considered, it shall be the Fire Chief who will terminate membership following input from Fire Officers and Board members.


All Explorers, male or female, will wear proper attire always while at Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. Dress for the weather, warm clothes when necessary. Remember you are working in an industrial setting with various hazards.

Explorers will wear a shirt always. Short pants are allowed but need to be knee length. No excessively baggy pants will be allowed or clothing depicting inappropriate phrases or comments. No swim shorts allowed. No low-cut shirts or tank tops. Shorts are allowed but need to be knee length. No mini-skirts or bathing suits. No clothing depicting inappropriate phrases or comments. Long hair must be worn tied up with a hair band to eliminate snagging and/or fire hazards.

Sexual Harassment will not be tolerated at Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. Anyone caught making sexual advances to the opposite sex or the same sex will be investigated and terminated. Sexual Harassment is described as unwanted advancements or contact, comments, gestures, etc. If you feel uncomfortable by anyone making inappropriate contact or comments, report this directly to the officer in charge immediately. An investigation will be performed and acted on appropriately. Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. does not promote or condone this type of activity and makes full effort to provide a safe, harassment free environment.


I will recognize the dignity and worth of my fellow members and will use fair play and good will in dealing with them.

I will endeavor to perfect my skills and to pursue new skills that will help me to become a better community servant.

I will strive to recognize the importance and honor of my profession.

I will conduct my personal and official life so as to inspire public confidence.

I will not allow personal gain or profit from being the object of my endeavors in whatever position I hold.

I will judge fellow members by standards I myself hold, and never jeopardize the safety of any fellow member.

I regard it as my duty to possess adequate knowledge to perform my job and avail myself to opportunities to learn more about my profession.

I will avoid alliances with persons or businesses whose goals are inconsistent with the performance of a firefighter.

I will never claim unjustly qualifications I do not possess.

I will share publicity equally with fellow members whether favorable or unfavorable in compliance with fire company Operations Manual.

I agree that parental discretion and judgment shall be top priority in any individual Explorer’s activities and participation in Fire Company Explorer activities.

These rules and regulations are part of Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. to help you excel in this program and for your safety while at Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc.

I hereby have read and understand the rules and regulations of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. Operations Manual.

I understand if I do not follow the rules stated herein, I am subject for termination from the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company Inc. Explorer Program.

Explorer Member: _______________________  Parent/ Guardian: _______________________