Boca Raton, Florida: Fire Explorer Post #315 from Boca Raton won First Place at the 13th Annual Explorer Competition held at the Coral Springs Fire Academy. On Sunday, April 14th nine teams competed from Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Estero A, Estero B, Lauderhill, Delray Beach, Margate, South Trail and Pembroke Pines in eight different events that put the Explorers fire and medical skills to the test. Boca Raton won 5 – First Place and 1 – Second Place trophy to be crowned the overall winner. This is the fourth time that Boca has won the title. No other post has achieved that many consecutive wins in the history of the competition. Beginning in January, Lead Advisor, Firefighter/Paramedic Jonathan Vought and the seven member team have practiced 2-3 times per week to prepare for this event. The training has been assisted by other members of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services as well as the entire post. Post #315 has been attending and competing in local and national events since they organized in 2004. Through their hard work, commitment and dedication they have amassed many championships. Explorers attend meetings once a week throughout the year in the classroom and on the fire ground, training with firefighter/paramedics to get ready to attend the Fire academy, EMT and Paramedic school. After completing the necessary training, application process and rigorous testing process to date Boca Raton Fire Rescue has hired 7 Explorers from Post #315.
Fire Exploring is part of the Learning for Life section of the Boy Scouts of America. Fire & Emergency Services Exploring is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. It gives them self esteem and teaches them to work as a team to achieve a common goal. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within fire and emergency services and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and country.