Explorer Advisor John Hemmer was the recipient of the 2013 Chief's Award. While under John's leadership, the Explorer program has grown reaching a record-breaking 22 members during the 2013-2014 school year. It was necessary to recruit several other advisors and divide the group into two companies for training. Explorers engage in fire training, EMS skills and teambuilding while participating in community events. The program is so well-loved by high school students that even after going off to college, they will frequent meetings when they return on school breaks. John has volunteered with Vashon Island Fire and Rescue since 2009 and before that for another two years.
Chief Hank Lipe, John Hemmer and Assistant Chief George Brown.