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The Orlando Fire Department (OFD) Explorer Post is a unique program designed to offer teens a look at a career in firefighting.

  • OFD Explorers Post 657 was created in 1976
  • Requirements to join:
    • Must be 14-21 years of age
    • Completed eighth grade
    • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher o Hair must be above the ears, no facial hair, earrings or visual body rings
    • Must attend two-hour bi-monthly meetings on Tuesdays from 7–9 p.m.
    • Provide own black boots, belt and socks. o Must attend two meetings before turning in membership application.
    • At the third meeting, turn in application with a $20 membership fee
  • Meeting location:
    • OFD Primrose Training Center, 595 North Primrose Drive
    • For more information, contact Senior Advisor, Lt. Derek Schaumann at ofdexploreradvisor@cityoforlando.net

Orlando Fire Museum

814 East Rollins Street
Loch Haven Park, behind the Orlando Science Center

This two-story, red brick firehouse was the original Fire Station 3, built in 1926. The building now showcases the rich history of the Orlando Fire Department from its inception in 1885 to present day.

Open to the public:

Friday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Also available by appointment.

For more information or to schedule your appointment, call 407.246.3128.

Orlando Firefighters Pipes and Drums

PIPES & DRUMS_LOGOIn 2005, 10 Orlando firefighters made the commitment to put together a bagpipe and drums band. At the time, only one member of the OFD, District Chief Mark Austin, played the bagpipes. But later that year, they played their first gig in the 2005 Citrus Bowl parade.

On December 11, 2009, the Orlando Firefighters Pipes and Drums played at the graduation of 58 new firefighter/paramedics for the newly formed San Juan Fire Rescue Department.

To request the Pipes and Drums Band, please call 407.246.3128.

Community Involvement Programs:

Apparatus Demos

  • Experience personal interaction with Orlando Firefighters and a look at the fire vehicle.

Fire Drills

  • Schedule a drill that is conducted by a fire inspector, with an OFD engine lined up to observe and offer advice in the safe evacuation of a business.

Fire Safety Presentation

  • Adults:
    • Offered to home owner associations, civic organizations, etc.
      • 45 – 60 minute presentation on topics:
        • Home hazards
        • Importance of smoke alarms/maintenance
        • Exit drills in the home
        • Fire safety tips
  • Children:
    • Presentations vary according to the ages and group dynamics.
  • School:
    • Firefighters give fire safety presentations to elementary school-aged children in two parts:
      • The first 30 minutes of class, firefighters, equipped with their gear, teach key fire safety lessons and emphasize that firefighters are their friends.
      • The second 30 minutes consists of an engine demonstration.
      • Groups are preferred (25 children or less).

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention

  • Our mission is to identify offenders and at-risk children and engage them in fire prevention education and intervention services.
  • Juveniles are entered into the program voluntarily or through mandate.

Hands-Only CPR

  • Learn how to save a life in 30 minutes.

Station Tours

  • Take a tour of an Orlando firefighters’ “Home away from home”.

Summer Splash

  • 30-60 minute water program offered to schools and day cares.
  • Engine or tower flows water for children to play in.
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