The Fuquay-Varina Police and Fire Explorers Posts were honored at the Town Board of Commissioner’s meeting on March 4 for winning several awards at the 39th annual Winterfest competition held in Gatlinburg, Tenn. More than 3,200 people representing several states throughout the southeastern United States attended the event held in February.
Members of each explorer post at the event competed in drills designed to test their skills and knowledge in either the police or fire and emergency services field.
Police Explorers finished in first place for the Traffic Accident Investigation competition. The Fire Explorer Post took second and third place in the Secret Knots competition and third place in Entanglement competition. Both Posts teams competed in six different events.
The Police Department Explorer Post is a group of young people, ages 14-21, who have an interest in learning about law enforcement as a possible career. Explorers learn about the law, court procedures, police patrol techniques and organizational skills. If you are interested in learning more about the Police Explorer program, contact Lt. Mike Marsh at 919-552-1434.
The Fire Explorer program is open to young people, ages 14-18, who want to learn about the fire service through hands on, practical experience and classroom training. With the guidance of program advisors, Explorers learn all aspects of the Fire Department, from training and day-to-day operations to fire tactics to emergency medical care. To learn more about the Police Explorer Program please contact Chief Tony Mauldin at 919-552-0422.
Both Fuquay-Varina Police Chief Larry Smith and Fire Chief Tony Mauldin were very pleased with the outstanding performance of their respective teams at the competition.
According to the proud chiefs, “this extraordinary group of teenagers represented the Town of Fuquay-Varina with pride, professionalism and sportsmanship.”