Northwest NEWS

May 7, 2001

Features

Fire Explorers need your help

For the past five years the Woodinville Fire Explorers, Post #2144, has been providing support behind the scenes in many of our community events.
   These young men and women, ages 14 to 21, are certified to teach first aid to scout groups; conduct fire station tours; assist as victims for our C.E.R.T. classes; and work to raise money for the Northwest Burn Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and other local charities.
   These Explorers are the silent workers in our community. They have cleaned sidewalks and streets after parades, set up tables and chairs for fairs and assisted Woodinville and Bothell road cleanups and other city sponsored events.
   Their primary goal has been to learn about the fire service trade in emergency medical care and fire suppression.
   Fire Post #2144, through the Boy Scouts of America, has created an opportunity for these students to learn the meaning of public service by serving as role models for other youths.
   These outstanding individuals have an opportunity to represent our fire department in a National Fire Competition in Emmetsburg, Md., during the first week of July.
   This team and individual event has been designed to test the students in the areas of life-safety skills, as well as fire fighting.
   Our students spend on average two nights a week training and planning community events. We need to give them the chance to use their skills and show them our community pride by sending these young adults to the National Fire Competition.
   On the Fourth of July, they will be able to witness our nation's birthday celebration near the capitol grounds in Washington, D.C.
   The Woodinville Explorers will be attempting to raise $9,600 (approximately $800 per Scout) for 12 team members to travel to Emmitsburg.
   We are seeking private donations, individual scout sponsorships, locations to hold car washes and intense labor activities, such as landscaping and minor home improvements. All contributions are tax deductible and your efforts will be recognized in the advertisements and announcements to the public during this historic event for our fire post.
   If you or your business can help us in any way, please contact Dave Leggett, Public Fire Educator for Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District @ (425) 483-2131 Ext. #3232 or e-mail Leggett at davel@wflsd.org.