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Explorer Post 608

SOLVAY FIRE DEPARTMENT EXPLORER POST 608 Learning Today to Serve the Community Better Tomorrow. If you are interested in helping the community, would like to learn fire, rescue, and emergency medical skills and enjoy a physical challenge, the Solvay Fire Department Explorer Program may be an exciting opportunity for you. The Solvay F.D. Fire Explorer Post 608 is open to individuals who reside in the Solvay /Westvale fire district. Post members must be between 14-18 years of age and have completed at least 8th grade. Fire Explorers meet at scheduled trainings throughout each month. After a short meeting the members will take part in hands on learning firematic and emergency medical skills or rescue activities.


Post members will be required to fill out a Fire Post application, an Explorer application and complete a medical approval form. A parental permission form must be signed. A one time fee of $10.00 to cover application costs will be required. Members must maintain at least a C average to stay in the program. In order to supervise a program that is safe, exciting and fun membership will be limited.


After turning 16, having at least a year in the Post and completed the necessary training programs, a member can apply to become a RAM (restricted active member) of the Solvay Fire Department. As a RAM the individual will be allowed to respond to certain type fire calls and have restricted activities that the member will be allowed to do.




Besides from their training Explorers will be expected to assist the firefighters with different activities such as fire prevention programs, fund raisers, maintaining equipment and assisting at some of the fire fighter drills. Explores will also represent the Solvay Fire Department in competitions against other Explorer posts in firematic challenges, races and parades.


All explorers will be assigned turn out gear (helmet, coat, bunker pants and boots) and a locker. Post members will also be provided a uniform for parading.



The objective of the post is to develop an interest in volunteer fire fighting. Our hope is once the Explorer turns 18 they will want to join the Solvay Fire Department.


Since the Explore Post was established the Post has done many positive things for the community. To mention a few- the Explorers raised $10,000 for the firefighter families of firefighters killed September 11th. The Explorers have assisted at Geddes days, helped at fund raisers, assisted the OCVFA & FASNY with activities and assisted with activities at the fairs. The Post recently donated a video camera to the fire department to use for training.

If you are interested in becoming an Explorer in the Solvay Fire Department Explorer Post, contact The Solvay Fire Dept corporation office @ 468-1710. Leave your name, address, phone number, age, school attending and grade you're in with the administrative director and she will make arrangements for one of the advisors to get back to you.

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