Well I am new to the boards and am thinking of getting with the explorer program with my local FD. I am a Junior in HS and have wanted to be in the military my whole life but recently,about 4 months ago decided I wanna be a firefighter. Anyways here are my Q's

1. Do I have to join Boyscouts to be in the explorer program?
2. DO explorers go on real calls or just do drills?
3.DO you guys get a lot of crap from the real firefighters(not that it matters, just curious)?
4. Is all the gear and equipment supplied?

thanks guys and its good 2 be on the boards