Northwest NEWS

June 11, 2001

Features

$3,000 need for Explorer Scouts to compete nationally for fire skills

Fourteen members of the Woodinville Explorer Scouts Post #2144 are preparing to compete in the annual National Fire Competition to be held in Emmitsburg, MD during the first week of July. Representing Woodinville, the explorers will compete in team and individual events in the areas of life safety skills and firefighting.
   These young men and women, between the ages of 14-21, are training two nights a week in CPR, bunker gear donning, hose evolutions, paramedic bike team exercises, wild land shelter deployment, marching drills and more.
   They have raised all but $3,000 of the $9,600 they need for their trip. The community is asked to raise the $3,000. They are having a car wash on June 16 at the Woodinville Union 76 Station to help raise money.
   Contributions can be sent to the Woodinville Fire Explorers, c/o Dave Leggett, Public Fire Educator for Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District. 19900 144th Ave. NE, Woodinville, WA 98072 or call him at (425)483-2131 Ext.3232 or e-mail at davel@wflsd.org.
   "All contributions are tax deductible and your efforts will be recognized during this historic event for the fire post," said Leggett.
   "We feel this competition is important because our young people are committed to fire and life safety service. Our scouts feel they are so well trained that they can prove they are one of the best teams in the country," said Leggett. "In the past three out of five years our Woodinville Explorers have taken first place in the regional fire competition for this age group."
   The scouts' community work such as parking assistance at the Chateau Ste. Michelle concerts, car washes, selling candy bars and doing landscape work has raised much of the money. Donations from the Woodinville Professional Fighters and community members continue to come in.
   The scouts do important volunteer work such as fund-raising for Northwest Burn Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and other local charities and community work such as cleaning the sidewalks and streets after Woodinville's annual parade, setting up tables and chairs for fairs, and assisting the cities of Woodinville and Bothell in volunteering for road clean ups and other city-sponsored events.
   They are certified to teach first aid to scout groups, conduct fire station tours and assist as victims for C.E.R.T. classes. 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 partaking in their communities as a role model for other youths.