Cherokee Fire Explorers bring home five trophies
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February 13, 2014 04:00 AM | 1694 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Competition at Winterfest 2014 showed the skills of the Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services Explorer Post, which captured five trophies in competitions such as The Ems Team Challenge and The Last Resort Drill. <br>Special to the Tribune
Competition at Winterfest 2014 showed the skills of the Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services Explorer Post, which captured five trophies in competitions such as The Ems Team Challenge and The Last Resort Drill.
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Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Explorer Post #469 brought home five trophies from the 40th annual Winterfest Competition in Gatlinburg, Tenn., last weekend.

The local Explorer group had 16 youths to compete against more than 70 teams.

For the first time, the local Explorers post played host to “The Last Resort Drill” which simulated a downed firefighter the participants had to rescue while conquering obstacles on their way to and from the victim. The Cherokee County Explorers scored third place with a time of one minute and 30 seconds in the event. The local Explorers were only seconds away from first place and milliseconds away from second place.

Also, during Saturday’s event, the Fire Explorers scored second place in the “Advanced Emergency Medical” drill. Plus, the group also scored third place in “Vehicle Extrication,” “The EMS Team Challenge,” and the “Table Top Display.”

“I am very proud of our Explorer post. The accomplishments of this past weekend were outstanding and demonstrate their dedication to the fire service,” said Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather.

The Explorers also received an award from their advisers to show their appreciation of the brotherhood, cheerfulness, and dedication shown through their recent training exercise with DeKalb County Fire & Rescue.

Sixteen fire Explorers from Cherokee County participated in the events including: Capt. Nick Leslie, Lt. Brooke Ice, Lt. Carson Caglioni, Sgt. Brad Hough, Sgt. Chris Simmons, Sgt. Kylon Drones, Sgt. Josiah Gnanamattu, Justin Jones, Yessica Juarez, Sarah Logan, Alexis Ledoux, Jake Pholman, Zach Ray, Kenny Robinson, Miranda Snell and Jacob StorAdvisers that were in attendance included: Cherokee County Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Robinson; firefighter Michael Sims; Lt. Scott Deal; Battalion Chief Tom Pelletier; Capt. Bill Hamby (Ret.), Lake Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Chief Rebecca Strobl; Sgt. Michael Caglioni; Sgt. Michael Poulson; Sgt. Brad Gravitt and firefighter Michele Ice.

Also in attendance were: Prather, Cherokee County Field Operations Chief Greg Erdely, Sgt. Stan Ice, firefighter Corey Deal and firefighter Trent Nations.

During the event, the Explorers presented Prather, Robinson and Erdely with plaques of appreciation for the continued support of the Explorer post.

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