2017 Fire Exploring Competition

It has been five years since the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council has put on their first annual Fire Exploring competition. This year’s competition will be hosted at the Helotes Fire Department Headquarters on April 8th, 2017.

 

Mayor of Helotes, Tom Schoolcraft says, “I think it’s going to be a very educational day for them and I think that they will take everything they have learned and build on that.” When asked what the explorers get out of the competition

 

In the previous years there has been competition from here in town as well as from Austin. The event has done nothing but grow since the beginning and is only looking to grow even more. The event consists of five events:

the Bunker Gear Drill, when contestants will don a complete set of Personal Protective Equipment Clothing (PPE)

The Obstacle Course, contestants run through an obstacle course, consisting of a person down drag, confined space crawl, charged hose line drag and a forcible entry- chopping operation; with a full set of PPE on

The Three Person Race, a team of three contestants will connect two 50’ sections of 2 ½” hose together to a fire hydrant with a nozzle on the end and discharge the hose

The Four Person race, a team of four will connect an intake hose to a fire hydrant and static pumper intake, deploying the 2 1/2” hose 100 feet in a straight line connecting the nozzle and discharging the hose

Bucket Brigade, a team of up to four contestants will transfer water from one water supply tank to another tank by using one gallon buckets

 

All of these events will test what the competitors have learned from their Exploring adventures and also in the classroom “Just keep going and never stop” is what Dalton Fraley of Exploring Post 1215 says he learned from last year’s exploring competition. This will be an excellent event for spectators as well.

 

“It’s a competitive sport just like any other large sport and they have fun doing it” says Senior Captain of Helotes Fire Department Rick Wall when asked what he thought about the competition and level of intensity.

 

Registration is $15 per individual, awards will be given to the best top three in each division and the top performing team and top performing individual.