On May 17th, a number of Fire Explorers from Vashon Island won awards at the Washington Association of Future Firefighters Muster. For about the past 15 years, Explorers from all over the state gather to test their skills against their peers. This year (2014) over 100 high school-aged youth participated.
VIFR Explorer TeraJane Ripley won first place overall in “Ropes, Knots and Hoisting.” Fellow Explorer Ellen Chappelka won third place in the same event. A team comprised of TeraJane, Ellen, Mykah Shiosaki and Eli Hudson won first place overall in “Ropes, Knots and Hoisting. The team also won third place overall in the “Combat Challenge.”
The Muster provides a demonstration of basic firefighting and EMS skills. The Combat Challenge involved the skills necessary in fighting a structure fire and demonstrates teamwork in performing firefighting assignments in a four-person company with each team member being responsible for a separate leg of the relay. The relay consists of: 1) hose carry and hoist, water spray; 2) SCBA and turnout gear relay; 3) Search and Rescue; 4) EMS backboard obstacle course; 5) Make and break - hydrant work; 6) Ropes & Knots; and 7) taking a hydrant. To see a YouTube PowerPoint of a muster, go to www.wafuturefirefighter.com.
VIFR celebrates all 22 of our Explorers – thanks for making us proud!
Some of VIFR Explorers 2013-2014, with advisors Deborah Brown, Lt. Rick Brown, Lt. Charlie Krimmert and John Hemmer.
Back row left to right: Joe Shugart, Aaron Kitchener, Elias Muller. Front row: TeraJane Ripley, Eli Hudson, Mykah Shiosaki and Ellen Chappelka.
Left to right Mykah Shiosaki, TeraJane Ripley, Ellen Chappelka.