Joining our Program

If You’re Interested:
We invite you to attend one of our meetings so that you can see what the Explorers do, what they get out of the program, and what we expect of our members.

Meeting Information:
Meetings are held at the Metro Net Fire Communications at 201 S. Anaheim Blvd.  Explorers meet on the first and third Thursday night from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  Guests must attend the meeting in business casual clothing. Meeting location might change from time to time, please call or email to confirm location.

Requirements to Become an Metro Cities Public Safety Dispatch Explorer:

In order to become a member, you must

  • be at least 14 years old, and no older than 21 years of age.
  • maintain at least a "C" average in school.
  • be free of any felony arrest, no current alcoholic beverage use.
  • be free of any current criminal activity.

How Do I Join?
If you are interested in joining our program, you must

  • attend three consecutive meetings.
  • submit an application for membership.
  • successfully complete an oral interview.
  • successfully complete a background check.

For information about the Explorer Program, including meeting times, please contact Lead Dispatcher Michael Bates

(714)765-4075, or by email


Requesting the Use of the Metro Cities Public Communication Explorers

Metro Cities Fire Authority allows the use of the Explorers to assist the community in a variety of community service projects. The Explorers provide valuable volunteer assistance to the Cities of Anaheim, Brea, Fullerton, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Orange, in addition to the surrounding cities and communities. These young men
and women have provided their volunteer services in communications for special events. They are able to assist at the scenes of major fires and other disasters. Explorers provide tours of Public Safety Communications facilities, direct traffic at special events, set up "9-1-1 Education" booths at community gatherings and much, much more.

As a service to the community, the Metro Cities Public Safety Dispatch Explorers frequently help non-profit community groups during special events.  Metro Cities Fire Authority receives numerous requests annually for the services of the Explorers. Because of the high volume of these requests, not all of them can be accommodated. The Explorers are high school aged students, and since we are asking these young people to volunteer their time, we want to insure they are not used for inappropriate or non-goal

oriented activities. Each request will be screened by an Advisory Staff to insure they meet the goals of the Explorer program. There is no charge for this service, however, depending on the nature of the activity the Explorer would be involved in, you may be asked to provide food and/or drinks for the volunteers.

If you are interested in utilizing the volunteer services of the Metro Cities Public Safety Dispatch Explorers, please contact

Lead Fire Dispatcher Michael Bates at (714)765-4075, or by e-mail


About Us

The Metro Cities Public Safety Dispatch Explorer Post is a program for young men and women interested in learning about future careers in the field of law enforcement. Designed for students between the ages of 14 and 21, the Explorer Post offers youths the opportunity to be involved in their community while making new friends and gaining valuable knowledge and experience.

Explorers attend meetings, where they learn about the many jobs available to them in a classroom environment. Guest speakers from municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement and fire agencies are brought in to explain their jobs. Metro Cities

PSD Explorers wear uniforms furnished by the Metro Cities Fire Authority. Although we will purchase the majority of your uniform, you must be willing to purchase a few incidental items at your own expense, including shoes and a flashlight.

Explorers also learn through first-hand "on-the-job" experiences in the field and in communication centers, working non-enforcement related assignments with Police Officers. Our Explorers provide valuable services not only in Anaheim, but to
the many cities throughout Orange County. Explorers direct traffic at parades, charity runs and other special events. They provide tours of the police and fire facilities and provide 9-1-1 education. Explorers help Dispatchers, Firefighters, and Officers at scenes of disasters and other major incidents. Public Safety Dispatch Explorers get involved in countless other community projects.

The Metro Cities Fire Authority is fortunate to have one of the only Public Safety Dispatch Explorer programs in the nation. 

Metro Cities Public Safety Dispatch Explorers will be able to attend a live-in Police Explorer Academy with other Orange County Law Enforcement Explorers. Every Explorer must attend at least one academy. Academies are held twice a year, normally at a military base and last approximately 4 days. These training sessions are quasi-militaristic and emphasize education, discipline and physical exercise.


Every other Sunday of the month

7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

North Net Training Center

2400 E. Orangewood Ave.

Anaheim, CA 92806