Henry County Fire Department Explorer Post 190 to Host Fourth Annual Fire Explorer Expo
On October 20, 2012 beginning at 9:00 a.m. young men and women from eleven different departments from as far away as Cass County, Texas will culminate at the Jason T. Harper Event Center, in McDonough, for a day of nose to nose competitions. This is the largest event Henry County Fire Explorer Post 190 has hosted in their short history, with only four posts participating in their first year in 2009, seven posts participating last year, and eleven currently scheduled to participate this year. This expo will be the largest event of its type in metro Atlanta. The following fire department posts are currently scheduled to attend: Henry County, Clayton County, Coweta County, Dekalb County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County, Newton County, City of Gray, Sharps Chapel, TN, Cass County, TX and Hall County. More posts are expected to register.
The Explorer Expo is a competition designed to show off the skills and abilities of Fire Explorers. Event coordinators are expecting over one hundred participants including individual competitors. The competition will consist of the following five events: Quick-Dress, Pittsburgh Drill, Fire Attack, Busted Hose Drill, and the Modified Bucket Brigade. Quick Dress is a standard drill that times the firefighter getting fully dressed in protective gear and ready to enter a fire. The Pittsburgh Drill simulates a downed and/or injured firefighter, and a team of four must navigate three different obstacles to reach the firefighter and bring him back through those obstacles. The Fire Attack Drill is a drill in which a team of four must assemble a fire hose and navigate a serpentine course using a hose stream knocking down cones along the way. The Busted Hose Drill is a drill requiring teams to quickly replace a burst section of hose, and then put out a (simulated) fire. The Modified Bucket Brigade is another team drill where participants form a bucket brigade and pass buckets of water to a (simulated) fire. The first team to pass enough water to fill a container wins the drill. The Post with the most cumulative points wins the overall competition
The Fire Safety House will be on site for fire safety education tours. There will also be an antique fire truck show on site sponsored by the newly formed local chapter of Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antiques Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA) Antique Fire Truck Club. Food and drink will be available and on sale, with all proceeds, benefitting Henry County Fire Department Post 190.
For more information visit www.post190.com.
*Media is welcome. Please R.S.V.P if planning to attend. Competition will run from approximately 9:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. Pictures of the event will be available for those unable to attend.