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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)

AFD Explorers place third in state competition

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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.

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