Fire Explorer program seeking recruits

The Northeast Fire Company in North Haven is home to the town's Fire Explorer program, which allows high school students to get a feel for what a career in emergency services looks like.

Explorers are taught fire service history, and firefighter skills and safety. Also, they take part in various drills, such as search and rescue and forcible entry.

“Explorers regularly train on ropes and knots, PPE, SCBA, establishing a water supply, First Aid and more," the NHFD stated on social media. "The program reinforces being responsible and accountable for yourself, your team and lifesaving equipment.”

Lieutenant Anthony Minicucci leads the local Explorer program, which began in earnest in 2021.

Participants meet Tuesday nights, 7 to 9, at the firehouse.

Starting out, Explorers are taught the basics of putting on "bunker gear," and doing so in a timely fashion. “Each student will learn to put on their gear repeatedly until it becomes a natural movement,” said Minicucci, who has been a firefighter since 1986. 

The Explorer program follows standard Firefighter 1 training, and the hope is that at least some Explorers will become firefighters in town.

First Selectman Mike Freda said the number of volunteer firefighters in North Haven "has dropped significantly" and the Explorer program "is an example of us doing whatever we can to recruit new people to come into a very important profession.”

“I support all strategies to recruit and retain with the fire and police," Freda added.

For more information about North Haven's Fire Explorer program, visit



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