During the mid 1970s, the Oracle Fire Department started up a "Junior Firefighter" division. The Junior Firefighters range in age from 14 to 18 years. In 2003, the Junior Firefighters joined a national group of Fire Explorers through the "Learning for Life" program.

At present, the Explorers are guided by
Firefighter Harley VanCoillie.

Justine Belknap-Manuszak
Samantha Buckler
Gregory Cole
Gustavo Martinez
Angela Navarro
Nate Ortiz
Dante Ronquillo
Mark Sanchez
Mike Sanchez


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Shown below are some of the explorers doing
c-spine and backboard training as well as various other drill activities. They are starting "hose testing" to help OFD with its ISO rating where they learn new skills and hose rolls.


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