This Fire Department sponsored and Boy Scouts affiliated program is designed to develop firefighting skills of young men and ladies ages 14 to 20. Participants meet twice monthly and train with Prescott Fire Department personnel, learning both textual materials and hands-on skills related to the profession. As each Explorer’s skills advance, they are provided the opportunity to conduct Ride Alongs on Prescott Fire Engines, furthering their skills and helping them determine if the firefighting profession is a good fit for them. The most advanced Explorers further advance themselves by assisting in the teaching of the newest members. Present members range in age from 14 to 18 and hail from across the quad city area.
The Prescott Explorers Post was established in the early 1990s by Firefighter Gary Pederson, with various firefighters serving as coordinator over its twenty year history. Since its establishment, the Explorers have been an active component within the department, partaking in PFD events such as the annual hose carts races and housing ceremonies. Numerous members of the Explorers Post 7927 have since advanced to full time firefighting positions in the region. The program is presently coordinated by Firefighter Conrad Jackson.
Since its grand opening on June 29, 2018, the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew (GMIHC) Learning and Tribute Center welcomed 14,919 visitors during the 84 days it was opened in 2018. Visitors came from 46 different states, and nine foreign… Read more »