by Kaelyn Floyd
On the weekend of October 13-14, 2018, over 100 Explorers competed in the 2018 Explorer Muster, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) and the Greater Los Angeles Area Council – Learning for Life. The event was held at the LACoFD East County Training Center at Fire Station 187 in Pomona. Explorers, ages 14 to 21, from various posts in Southern California competed in the annual muster competition.
A muster is “an act of assembling, specifically for formal military inspection, examination, or exercise.”
“The Explorer Program Team has worked diligently to provide an amazing experience for all the Explorers that participated in this year’s Muster competition. There are a lot of Explorers that are anxious to start preparation for next year, in hopes of claiming the overall champion trophy. The rain did not stop the camaraderie or fierce competition,” said Battalion Chief Henry Rodriguez.
The two-day competition featured teams of 6-10 Explorers, competing in the Make & Break, Bucket Brigade, Lines Above Ground, Motorized 2.5” Hose Lay, Horse Cart and Water Ball events. These six events teach Department core values vital to firefighters, such as teamwork and community.
Participating agencies included LACoFD, Downey Fire, La Habra Heights Fire, Monterey Park Fire, Oxnard Fire, Pasadena Fire, Torrance Fire and Ventura County Fire. Ventura County Fire Post 43 was victorious for the second year in a row, winning first place as the overall champions of the competition.