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Members of the Alexandria Fire Department and Explorers who attended the State Fair competition included (front row, left to right) Anika Thill, Lieutenant Tyler Erickson, Captain Jesse Hacker, Lieutenant Darren Radil, Elizabeth Thill; (back row, left to right) Advisor AFD Lieutenant Chris Johnson, Quintin Nienaber, Spencer Steidl, Aaron Steidl, Kendon Koep, Advisor AFD Lieutenant Aaron Zollner and Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. (Contributed photo)
Members of the Alexandria Fire Department and Explorers who attended the State Fair competition included (front row, left to right) Anika Thill, Lieutenant Tyler Erickson, Captain Jesse Hacker, Lieutenant Darren Radil, Elizabeth Thill; (back row, left to right) Advisor AFD Lieutenant Chris Johnson, Quintin Nienaber, Spencer Steidl, Aaron Steidl, Kendon Koep, Advisor AFD Lieutenant Aaron Zollner and Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. (Contributed photo)

AFD Explorers place third in state competition

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Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

The Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) Explorers recently competed at the State Fair. Last year, they competed for the first time and placed sixth. This year, they placed third.

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The Governor's Fire Prevention Day/Explorer competition is promoted as the state's largest fire prevention assembly. More than 24 fire department Explorer posts compete in scored/timed events, which include gear donning, spinal immobilization/extrication, room search, ladder raise and public speaking.

In the gear donning, all four AFD Explorers were first, dressed and ready to go in 1 minute, 21 seconds. National Fire Protection Association standard is two minutes for an individual firefighter.

In spinal immobilization, the Explorer team lost only four points for missing the checking of CMS.

The room search saw the Explorers fan out, find the victim mannequin and extract in record time with a perfect score.

The ladder raise was also timed. The Explorers had two points deducted for not calling out that they were looking for overhead hazards.

The final event found all the AFD Explorers onstage doing a presentation for fire extinguishers. They had poster boards that read P-A-S-S (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep), and they had fire extinguishers charged with air to spray pails of fake fire. They received full points.

Captain of the Explorers, Jesse Hacker, had a personal best time of 50.44 seconds in individual gear donning, earning him a place on stage with the 10 fastest qualifiers for the finals.

The AFD Explorers consist of Captain Jesse Hacker, Lt. Darren Radil, Lt. Tyler Erickson, Anika Thill, Elizabeth Thill, Spencer Steidl, Kendon Koep, Quintin Nienaber and Aaron Steidl. The advisors are Lt. Chris Johnson, Lt. Aaron Zollner and Craig Jackson.

The AFD firefighters are responsible for the training of these young adults. The Explorers train the first Monday of the month with the fire department, then on the fourth Monday, the Explorers drill on their own.

This was the last State Fair competition for all except Kendon Koep, Quintin Nienaber and Aaron Steidl. The rest are all going off to school or other chapters of their lives.

Fire Chief Jeff Karrow noted "how sad it is to see this group go." Having been there from the beginning, the group was tight-knit.

Sophomores or juniors interested in becoming an AFD Explorer should contact the fire station. AFD will also recruit at the high school during open lunches in October.The Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) Explorers recently competed at the State Fair. Last year, they competed for the first time and placed sixth. This year, they placed third.

The Governor's Fire Prevention Day/Explorer competition is promoted as the state's largest fire prevention assembly. More than 24 fire department Explorer posts compete in scored/timed events, which include gear donning, spinal immobilization/extrication, room search, ladder raise and public speaking.

In the gear donning, all four AFD Explorers were first, dressed and ready to go in 1 minute, 21 seconds. National Fire Protection Association standard is two minutes for an individual firefighter.

In spinal immobilization, the Explorer team lost only four points for missing the checking of CMS.

The room search saw the Explorers fan out, find the victim mannequin and extract in record time with a perfect score.

The ladder raise was also timed. The Explorers had two points deducted for not calling out that they were looking for overhead hazards.

The final event found all the AFD Explorers onstage doing a presentation for fire extinguishers. They had poster boards that read P-A-S-S (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep), and they had fire extinguishers charged with air to spray pails of fake fire. They received full points.

Captain of the Explorers, Jesse Hacker, had a personal best time of 50.44 seconds in individual gear donning, earning him a place on stage with the 10 fastest qualifiers for the finals.

The AFD Explorers consist of Captain Jesse Hacker, Lt. Darren Radil, Lt. Tyler Erickson, Anika Thill, Elizabeth Thill, Spencer Steidl, Kendon Koep, Quintin Nienaber and Aaron Steidl. The advisors are Lt. Chris Johnson, Lt. Aaron Zollner and Craig Jackson.

The AFD firefighters are responsible for the training of these young adults. The Explorers train the first Monday of the month with the fire department, then on the fourth Monday, the Explorers drill on their own.

This was the last State Fair competition for all except Kendon Koep, Quintin Nienaber and Aaron Steidl. The rest are all going off to school or other chapters of their lives.

Fire Chief Jeff Karrow noted "how sad it is to see this group go." Having been there from the beginning, the group was tight-knit.

Sophomores or juniors interested in becoming an AFD Explorer should contact the fire station. AFD will also recruit at the high school during open lunches in October.

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