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Fire Explorers
Firefighter Mitch Hansen
Explorer Post Advisor

Fire Headquarters
6250 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Center, MN  55429

The Brooklyn Center Fire Department is host to Fire Explorer Post #3649. Exploring is a program of the Boy Scouts of America. Post #3649 is part of the Northern Star Council.

Fire Service Exploring is one of the career-oriented programs offered by Learning for Life, a branch of the Boy Scouts of America. Exploring is a program for both boys and girls who have completed the 8th grade and are between 14 and 18 years old. Exploring is a National program, focusing on Career Exploration and gives youth hands-on experiences in their career of interest. Exploring has been around for over 60 years.

The BCFD explorer post meets twice a month on the first and third Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. year-round. Typically this time is spent learning about the fire service, emergency medical skills, and the job of a firefighter. Explorers participate in both classroom and hands-on firefighting skills, with some limitations for the safety of the youth. The hands-on skills are highly supervised by Brooklyn Center firefighters who have also trained to be adult Explorer leaders.

This is the perfect opportunity for Brooklyn Center youth that want to explorer emergency services careers, and want to prepare themselves to be a firefighter for Brooklyn Center or another municipality. Both the fire department and the police department have explorer posts. 

Being a part of this Exploring program is more than just learning about the fire service. It also gives you an opportunity to:
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Leadership experience and social network development
  • Fun and exciting “hands-on” career experiences
  • Try out leadership roles
  • Participate in your community and do community service events
  • Hang out with a great group of other explorers

There is no cost to you. Uniforms, equipment and training is all provided by the fire department. For more information on exploring in general, visit

If interested, please fill out the BCFD Explorer Post #3649 Interest Form