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LF-R Explorers win at two competitions

Posted: July 12, 2018 4:27 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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The Explorer team (top row, from left) Alvin Branham, Heath Erwin, John Reid, (bottom row, from left) Fire Chief Chris Spitzer, Explorer Coordinator Preston Davis, John Terry III, Brianna Gainey, Breaden Wages, Britain Tate, Colby Blizzard, Trey Stanfield, and Advisor Dalton Robinson.

The Lugoff Fire-Rescue Explorer Post recently participated in two local competitions in Columbia.

The competitions included explorers donning fire gear in the male and female categories, team gear donning, and the hose deployment exercise. Below are the results of the two competitions.

April 18 - Fire Escape at the South Carolina Fire Academy:

1st Place Female Gear Donning: Briana Gainey

1st Place Male Gear Donning: Colby Blizzard

1st Place Team Gear Donning: (Breaden Wages, John Terry III, Colby Blizzard, Brianna Gainey)

1st Place Hose Deployment: Team 1 (Skylar Atkinson, Colby Blizzard, John Terry III, Briana Gainey)

3rd  Place Hose Deployment: Team 2 (Britain Tate, Breaden Wages, John Reid, Alvin Branham)

June 17 - Explorer Competition at the South Carolina Fire Convention:

1st Place Female Gear Donning: Briana Gainey

1st Place Male Gear Donning: John Terry

2nd Place Male Gear Donning: Colby Blizzard

1st Place Team Gear Donning: Team 1 (Heath Erwin, John Terry III, Brianna Gainey, Colby Blizzard)

1st Place Hose Deployment: Team 1 (Heath Erwin, John Terry III, Brianna Gainey, Colby Blizzard)

2nd Place Hose Deployment: Team 2 (Britain Tate, Breaden Wages, Trey Stanfield, John Reid)

Led by advisors Preston Davis, Scott Vassar, and Dalton Robinson, the Lugoff Explorers had a rigorous training schedule. Explorers and advisors trained up to three times weekly to prepare for these two competitions.

Additionally, the Lugoff Explorers train each month with career and volunteer staff of the department learning the key components of the firefighting profession to be prepared for a paid or volunteer firefighting career at age 18. Youth are taught the Department’s four core values of pride, honor, integrity and professionalism while learning the firefighting profession locally, hands-on, with certified firefighters. Youth from the age of 14 to 17 interested in joining the firefighting Explorer Post are encouraged to stop by the Lugoff Fire-Rescue Headquarters Station on U.S. 1 in Lugoff for more information or an application to join the team.

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