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The Chili Fire Department Explorer program is a youth program (ages 14-18) that allows high-school aged teens the opportunity to volunteer and learn about the fire service. Post 546 has been an important part of Chili Fire Department's impact on the community for over 40 years.


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  • Rescue 4318 Tool Familiarization 03-25-17 The Chili Fire Explorers learned about the various functions of Rescue 4318 and the tools carried by the apparatus.  Explorers went through water rescue suits, water pumps,  how to setup up a hanging fan, how to setup a water evacuation slide, and how generators are used to power equipment.  The Explorers also held their monthly meeting and handed out newly painted Cairns 1010 helmets to replace the old 660 helmets.  Click on the picture below for more from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page. 
    Posted Mar 25, 2017, 12:40 PM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Hydrant and Hose 03-18-17 The Chili Fire Explorers drilled on hydrant and hose skills this Saturday morning.  Timed drills were done with two-person and one-person teams making a basic hydrant setup.  Explorers also practiced hose bed loads, front suction connection, big fire hook-up, learned about Blitz fire nozzles and deck guns, and the differences between laying-in and laying-out from the fire scene.  Click on the picture below for more from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page.
    Posted Mar 18, 2017, 11:46 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Mayday Drill 03-04-17 The Chili Fire Explorers practiced Mayday drills in the training maze this Saturday.  Prior to going to the maze the Explorer Officers did a review of the acronym LUNAR and performing right- and left-hand searches.  In the maze, the explorers experienced entanglement hazards, practiced calling out a Mayday, and how to attempt self-rescue and team-rescue with entanglement scenarios.  Click on the picture below for more from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page.
    Posted Mar 4, 2017, 1:33 PM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Ropes and Knots 02-25-17 Chili Fire Explorers spent the rain soaked Saturday morning practicing their rope and knot skills.  Knots such as the figure-eight, butterfly, bowline, handcuff and hitches were practiced.  The Explorers also got a surprise visit from a former Explorer who was an exchange student from Sweden a couple years ago who came back to visit this week.  The Explorers finished off the day by holding their monthly meeting.  Click on the picture below for more from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page.
    Posted Feb 25, 2017, 10:47 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Large Area Search 02-18-17 The Chili Fire Explorers practiced some large area search concepts in the truck bay of Company #1.  The truck bay was filled with fake smoke and the SCBA masks were covered over with clear plastic wrap to make it difficult to see.  The Explorers had to search the truck bay for specific items along with a five gallon plastic bucket to put them all in, and then make it back to their entry point.  Click on the picture below for more from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page.
    Posted Feb 18, 2017, 11:40 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Hose Competition Fun 02-11-17 Chili Fire Explorers had some fun competition style training this Saturday.  The Explorers started out reviewing hydrants and forcible entry techniques as the trucks were out on a call.  Explorers then competed with each other doing hose roll-outs and connecting the couplings together while being timed.  Click on the picture below for more from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page.
    Posted Feb 11, 2017, 10:34 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • SCBA Breathe Down Drill 02-04-17 The Chili Fire Explorers designed an SCBA Breathe Down drill to do this cold Saturday morning.  The Explorers worked in teams of two and started off doing a short hose dummy drag, then went up to the 2nd floor of the training tower to do a quick right-hand search of the entire floor, then proceeded to the third floor to do a physical exercise (either push-ups or squats), finally they would go back outside to do 5x5 swings with a sledge hammer on a truck tire.  The Explorers would repeat this circuit until they depleted the air in their SCBA.  Some of the Explorers, and recruit firefighter that joined them, decided to do the drill twice because they ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2017, 4:25 PM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • SCBA Familiarization Drill 01-28-17 The Chili Fire Explorers practiced their SCBA skills this Saturday.  Topics covered were familiarization of SCBA components, SCBA RIT Pack components, practicing assembly of air pack blindfolded, and practicing partial and full emergency SCBA escapes.  Click on the picture below for more from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page.
    Posted Jan 28, 2017, 2:00 PM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Outside Live Fire Drill 01-21-17 On an unseasonably warm January Saturday morning, the Chili Fire Explorers did some hands-on training with exterior based live fire and hydrant-and-hose training such as advancing hose lines up and down stairs.  Big thank you to all the firefighters and Past Chiefs that assisted with this drill. Click on the picture below for more from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page.
    Posted Jan 21, 2017, 11:26 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Ladders and Vents 01-14-17 Chili Fire Explorers trained on ladder terminology, various ladder raises, how to safely work on a ladder and a roof, and roof ventilation with axes.  Click on the photo below for more pictures from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page for more pictures.
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 12:05 PM by Chili Fire Post 546
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