Address. 17718 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd. NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
For the fifth year in a row, the Woodinville Fire Explorers earned the top award by placing first overall at the Washington Association of Future Firefighters Annual Muster. The event was held at the Washington State Fire Academy in North Bend on May 21. Each year the Washington Association of Future Firefighters holds an event where Fire Explorer Posts from all over the state come together and compete in firefighting related events. The four-person team from Woodinville Fire & Rescue Explorers consisted of Ben Harris, Jacob Krause, Jeremy Bybee and Austin Rich. In addition to winning first place overall in the competition, the team also amassed many individual awards. The Explorers won a total of ten awards during the competition.
“This competition is highly competitive,” stated David Weed, WF&R Community Services Officer who oversees the Explorer Program. “To win once is amazing. Twice is unbelievable. But this group has now won it five years in a row. We couldn’t be more proud of our Explorers and the way they represent Woodinville Fire & Rescue.”
In addition to the top award the group also won the Captain McCoy Inspirational Advisors Award for the third straight year. This award is given to the group that demonstrates top overall teamwork and encouragement to other teams.
The advisors for the Explorer Post are Andrew de Boer, Victoria Conover, James Mach and Andrew Kapfer. “The advisors deserve so much credit and accolades for how they run the Explorer Post and demand excellence from each of the students. They are the true heroes of the program’s success,” stated Weed.
The explorer’s next event will be serving as the honor guard for the Celebrate Woodinville parade in August.
For additional information regarding the explorers, including ways students can become involved, call 425-483-4481.