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Advisor Information

Advisors are the backbone of our organization; we thank you for all your hard work!

It is your responsibility to submit your posts applications and make sure they are complete. 

Eric Verwey, our CFEA President handles the application process. If you have questions please contact him via e-mail everwey@cfea.net. If you have a question regarding the web-site or problems with the on-line email info@cfea.net.


The Explorer Application has five parts. Please make sure that the following items are completed for each explorer application. Make sure their names are spelled correctly and they all put the same name for department e.g. LA city fire vs Los Angeles City Fire.

  1. CFEA online application
  2. Advisor Certification
  3. Academy Participation Agreement
  4. Code of Conduct
  5. $300 fee

*** Post roster, proof of insurance and tour permit must be submitted with the posts applications***

Return completed applications for your post together!

Deadlines and Limitations

The academy has become very popular and fills quickly. For 2018, there will be no limit of Explorers per Post. Complete Application Packets are received on a first come, first serve basis. Applications received after the Academy is full will be placed on the waiting list. Your application is not considered accepted until all supporting documentation has been sent to the P.O. Box below. (You must send it U.S. mail). 

Cancellations and Refunds

Full refunds will be issued if a cancellation is received before Sunday, March 18th, 2018

No refunds will be issued if a cancellation is received after Sunday March 18th, 2018.

Captains and Chief Officers

One of the strongest attributes the explorers develop during the academy is leadership. Each year 10 chief officers and 24 captains are selected to lead the 166 cadets attending the academy. Explorers that you feel will make good candidates for officer positions are encouraged to apply. The post advisor must submit a letter of recommendation for any explorer that is applying for the position of Captain or above. Chief Officers in addition to the letter of recommendation must also submit a letter of interest/intent and a resume. Please include this information with the explorer's application.


We are unfortunately are unable to offer scholarships this year due to budget cuts however there is a scholarship fund setup by CFES(California Fire Exploring Scholarship) . It can be found at Californiafirefighter.com


The Fire Exploring Academy is an amazing undertaking that requires the support and participation of over 100 advisors to ensure safety and success during the week. We know many of you take personal time and spend your own money to attend. We can not thank you enough for your support.

You are required to submit an application with CFEA. In addition to the applications you must also sign and return an Advisor Participation form. Links for the applications and forms are below. Please send all advisor information in with your explorers applications. You must be registered with Learning for Life and listed as an advisor on your annual roster from the Boy Scouts of America. For insurance reasons you must also be sponsored by your respective agency. If you have any questions regarding these requirements feel free to contact CFEA staff.

Applications are due no later than Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Advisor Application Link (click here)


Mail Completed Applications and payment to: 
California Fire Exploring Association
P.O. Box 2160
Simi Valley, CA 93062