The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department’s Explorer Program is designed for young adults aged 14 to 21 year old who are interested in learning about a career in the fire service. The program is partnered with learning for life corporation (exploring.learningforlife.org).  In addition to learning about the fire service, the explorer program’s main goal is to provide young adults with a sense of neighborhood responsibility through training, drills and community related activities.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department Explorers receive valuable information about the firefighting profession. The information provides an opportunity for individuals to decide if they want to pursue a greater role in the fire service.  By participating in the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department Explorer Program, individuals gain confidence, learn to use various tools, develop mechanical skills and readiness, and acquire a greater awareness of personal and fire safety.

What must I do to become a Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Explorer?

  • Must be 14 years old and have also completed the eighth grade.
  • Must be willing to learn and be available to actively participate in drills, fundraisers, community events and fire training.
  • Have no serious arrests or convictions.
  • Must maintain a C average.
  • All school-age Explorers/Junior Cadets must be enrolled in school.
  • Attend bi-monthly meetings on Sundays (2pm-4pm) at Fire Station 20 4825 Avenue W 35208.


Deputy Fire Chief Julius Purifie: julius.purifie@birminghamal.gov

Lieutenant Demetrious Derico: demetrious.derico@birminghamal.gov

Captain Ramaade Bailey: ramaade.bailey@birminghamal.gov

Captain Willie Walker: willie.walker@birminghamal.gov