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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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  • Forced Entry and Maze 04-21-18 The Chili Fire Explorers practiced forcible entry concepts and tied it in with going through the maze to make it a full scenario concept for drill.  Explorers trained on different ways to force entry, how to control the door once it is breached, and then making entry to perform a search of the structure.  Click on the photo below for more pictures from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page for more pictures.
    Posted Apr 21, 2018, 11:06 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Vehicle Extrication and Lockouts 04-14-18 The Chili Fire Explorers learned about vehicle extrications and vehicle lockouts this Saturday.  Explorers learned about shoring vehicles, vehicle operation safety and vehicle hazards.  Explorers did hands-on practice with shoring and also practiced vehicle lockouts.  Click on the photo below for more pictures from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page for more pictures.
    Posted Apr 14, 2018, 10:54 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • SCBA and Air Consumption Test 04-07-18 This Saturday the Chili Fire Explorers performed another task oriented air consumption test and reviewed SCBA maintenance and how to exchange SCBA bottles rapidly.  The explorers started out with the air consumption test by going up and down the three floors of the Chili training tower, strike a commercial size tire with an 8-lb. sledge hammer 10 times, carrying a small hose pack up and down the outer stairwell for another three floors, dragging a hose dummy between two cones that were about 25' apart, going through a quick portion of the maze, and finally performing forced entry.  After going through the various stages, the explorers learned about SCBA maintenance so that the SCOTT 5.5 packs could be ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 9:12 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Calling the Mayday 03-31-18 The Chili Fire Explorers practiced firefighter down Mayday calls this Saturday.  Explorers learned about what details need to be provided such as Location, Unit, Name, Assignment/Air Supply, and Resources needed (LUNAR) to command.  The Personal Alarm Safety System (PASS) on the SCOTT airpacks was reviewed along with building side designations to help orient a firefighter to where they are in relation to where they entered.  Finally, the explorers practiced hands-on removal of a downed-firefighter in the maze building. Click on the photo below for more pictures from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page for more pictures.
    Posted Mar 31, 2018, 11:42 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Tool Familiarization 03-24-18 The Chili Fire Explorers reviewed tools that are carried on the engine and rescue.  Explorers further demonstrated how to setup a water evacuation slide with tarps, A-frame ladder, and pike poles.  Explorers also learned about the tools used to setup a RIT/FAST station.  Click on the photo below for more pictures from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page for more pictures.
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 10:32 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Churchville Explorer Maze Joint Drill 03-22-18 This past Thursday the Churchville Fire Department Explorer Post invited the Chili Fire Department Explorer Post to come over to their training maze for a joint drill.  The Chili Fire Explorers got the opportunity to meet fellow explorers and practice search and rescue in a maze structure they are not familiar with.  Opportunities for joint training are always important in a community that employs a mutual aid system such as Monroe County, and introducing this system to explorers is vital to their development as future recruit firefighters.  Thank you to the Churchville Fire Department, their explorer post advisors, and especially their Explorer Post for extending the invite.  We hope to return the favor soon.  Click on the photo below for ...
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 7:30 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Survival Skills 03-17-18 The important topic of firefighter survival was learned this Saturday with Chili Fire Explorers and our newer Chili Firefighters.  Topics of how to use the SCOTT regulator and mask to still breathe when the SCBA fails or goes completely empty and how to hang from or escape out of a windows were practiced.  Discussion topics also covered best practices of what to do to prevent having to use survival skills such as knowing your air supply, proper nozzle patterns for the type of fire, and knowing your location within the structure.  The importance of keeping your gear clean and wearing your SCBA even during overhaul to prevent carcinogens from being absorbed was also discussed.  Click on the photo below for ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 1:57 PM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Ropes and Knots 02-24-18 The Chili Fire Explorers practiced various knots used in the fire service and how they get used to accomplish tasks on the fire grounds.  Explorers then practiced with various tools the knots they learned and how they can be used to safely raise and lower tools.  Click on the photo below for more pictures from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page for more pictures.
    Posted Feb 24, 2018, 10:10 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Search and Rescue 02-17-18 The Chili Fire Explorers trained some more on search and rescue concepts this Saturday.  This time the Explorers were drilling in the training tower with multiple teams on different floors.  Besides the basics of search and rescue, the Explorers also learned about the importance of radio communication with multiples teams being active, communication within their own team, and for some Explorers this was their first big drill utilizing SCBA.  Click on the photo below for more pictures from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page for more pictures.
    Posted Feb 17, 2018, 11:12 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
  • Hydrant and Hose 02-10-18 The Chili Fire Explorers trained this Saturday on making hydrants, learned about various appliances and tools used in making hose connections, and the differences between smooth bore nozzles and variable nozzles.  Explorers also practiced on quickly deploying our rolled hose at the end of drill for fun.  Click on the photo below for more pictures from today's training or go to our Photo Gallery page for more pictures.
    Posted Feb 17, 2018, 11:12 AM by Chili Fire Post 546
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