Explorer Gathering

Recruitment Process

Huntington Beach Search & Rescue is currently accepting enrollment applications. We are seeking candidates between 14-17 years old, must be currently enrolled in high school, of good physical and moral character and maintain a GPA of 2.0 (C) average.


Applicants must be 14-17 years old, be a graduate of junior high school, of good physical and moral character and have, and maintain, a GPA of 2.0 (C) average.

Family Orientation

September 5th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Parents AND applicants must attend the orientation.


NEXT RECRUITMENT TEST DATE: September 12th, 2019 @ 4:45pm

Troop Inspection

Testing Process

The testing process will consist of 3 parts:

Part I: Physical Agility Test (PAT)
Half Mile Run: This will be on a measured track twice around the perimeter of the Joint. Powers Training Center and must be done in less than 3 minutes.

Stair Run: With an air pack on your back, you will begin at the bottom stair of the Training Tower, go to the 3rd floor (missing no steps) and return to the bottom in 22 seconds.

Weight Lift: From the 3rd floor of the Training Tower, you lift a dead weight of 25 pounds from the bottom of the Training Tower over the 3rd floor balcony then lower it to the ground in 30 seconds.

Ladder Raise: You must lift a ladder full height and return to the ground. No Time Limit. Pass/Fail.

Litter Carry: Two persons carry a litter with a dead weight of 50 pounds once around the compound (1/4 mile). Half way around, you stop and change places. No other stops or changes are permitted. No Time Limit. Pass/Fail

Part II: Oral Interview
Each candidate will go through an Oral Board Interview with Advisors and various other members of HBSR.

Part III: Background Investigation
A criminal background check will be conducted on each candidate.

Please submit all applications to the Search & Rescue building, do NOT submit any applications to the fire department.

After completing application packet, drop off or mail your COMPLETED packet to The Huntington Beach Search & Rescue White House no later than one week prior to testing date.

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