STANDARD OPERATING GUIDELINES
BONITA SPRINGS FIRE
EXPLORER POST 5513
27701 Bonita Grande Drive
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135
Explorer must successfully pass all apparatus and usage tests
Must be signed off by the Lead Advisor, a Lieutenant, and a Battalion Chief
(whom are all advisors)
Must be CPR certified
Must be in the Explorer program for a minimum of 6 months (see Article I of
The Fire Explorer must be at least 16 years of age
Final approval will come from the Fire Chief or his/her designee
Explorer will be under command of the Lieutenant of the apparatus you are
Seat belt must be worn at all times when riding in the apparatus
Explorer will wear all required PPE that is appropriate to the call
When needed Explorer must wear safety vest or bunker gear jacket
Explorers are not to respond to calls in personally owned vehicles, unless they
are directed to do so by an Advisor
Under no circumstances will an explorer be allowed to drive a fire apparatus
No more than 2 Explorers may participate in ride time per shift day
Explorers must follow all SOG’s of the Explorer post, as well as the BSFD
SOG’s, SOP’s, and rules and regulations, as well as all State and Federal
Explorers may not provide information of any kind to civilians or the media
unless instructed to do so by an Advisor or the BSFD Incident Commander.
Breaches of confidentiality may result in expulsion from the Post
Explorers may assist with vehicle fires ( if 18 years of age, a Florida State
Certified Fire Fighter, and passed all requirements for “Ride Qualified”)
Explorers must NOT engage in interior structural firefighting. Explorers may
assist with outside activities on the fireground (an exterior hose line, ect) The
Fire Explorer MUST be 18 years of age, Florida State Certified Firefighter,
and passed all requirements for “Ride Qualified”
Explorers may assist in brush fires if approved by the IC and when
accompanied to a BSFD firefighter.
PASS tags will be used for accountability.
At no time will an Explorer take the place of an On-duty firefighter
Explorers may ask to be scheduled any ride-a-long time with the on duty battalion
chief, 72 hours in advance.
All ride time during the “observation period” must be at Station 1.
After successful completion of the “observation period” the on duty BC may
assign the Explorer to any station.
You must give 24 hours advance notice if you are going to miss a scheduled ride
time or you will be counted as “unsatisfactory” on the Ride-A-Long timesheet.
The Fire Explorer must continue to meet the training requirements of 9 hours per
month to remain in the Ride-A-Long Program.
The participant must meet a minimum of 9 hours per month and NO MORE than
40 hours per month of “Ride Time”.
If the participant is in Fire School, hours of “Ride Time” accompanied with
studying, may count for training requirement hours.
It is the responsibility of the Fire Explorer to fill-out the time sheet.
The participant must meet all the Standards of Appearance in Article H of the
Ride-A-Long Program- BC20
The Fire Explorer will begin in an observation-type program with BC 20
(Battalion Chief 20). This will allow the on-duty BC to observe the Fire Explorer
and for the Fire Explorer to observe day to day operations.
This “Observational period” with the on-duty BC will be a total of 40 hours
The participating Explorer will follow all directives of the BC
After the 40 required hours of Observation are met, the BC will make a
determination to approve/disapprove the Fire Explorer for the Ride-A-Long
Ride-A-Long Program- Engine/Rescue
Fire Explorer will begin in an observation type program with the Lieutenant and
Firefighters on the Engine, Rescue, or Ladder.
This will allow the Lieutenant and Firefighters to observe the Fire Explorer and
for the Fire Explorer to observe day to day operations.
The observational period will last 20 hours on the Engine/Rescue
The participating Explorer will follow all directives of the Lieutenant in charge
After the 20 required hours of Observation are met, the Lieutenant(s) will make a
determination to approve/disapprove the Fire Explorer to continue in the Ride-A-
Upon approval, the Fire Explorer may assist on emergency calls in accordance to
all SOG’s of the Fire Explorer Post