On Saturday June 11, 2016, the Lugoff Fire Department Explorer Post competed in the annual South Carolina Fire-Rescue Conference Firefighter Explorer Competition at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. 15 teams and 94 individual Explorers competed in the statewide competition that involved team and individual segments of competition. The members of the Lugoff Explorer Post that competed were Amber Terry, John Terry III, Lee Evans, Colby Blizzard, and Briana Gainey. Amber Terry earned First Place in the state in the Female Gear Donning Segment.
All the Explorers competed in the Individual Explorer Gear Donning segments with Amber Terry, John Terry III, Lee Evans, and Colby Blizzard competing as a team. Each Explorer that competed received a bag of fire service merchandise donated by various fire equipment vendors during the conference. Ronald Humphries from Camden sponsored the banners and trophies for the event.
“I am very proud of our Explorers and for the outstanding job performed at the conference. They displayed a very positive competitive spirit as well as a professional attitude. It is an honor to have the top Female Explorer Competitor in the state and certainly a privilege to train such dedicated young people in the fire service. Lugoff Fire was very well represented at the conference by our Explorers and adult staff members” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated.
The SC Fire-Rescue Conference ran from June 8-11 and consisted of hands-on and classroom training, vendor hall displays, speaking forums, and competitions. The training conference is an annual event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and is held in conjunction with the SC Fire Chief’s Conference each June. This is the third year Lugoff Fire-Rescue has been asked by the SC Firefighter’s Association to coordinate the Explorer Competition during the annual state training conference