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Cherokee County Fire Explorers Win Top Awards at Winterfest

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services’ Explorer Post 469 brought home 10 awards during the 45th Annual Winterfest Competition held in Gatlinburg, TN. More than 3,100 Explorers and Venturers from 26 states competed in the event, which is the largest scout assembly for co-ed youth ages 14-21.

Explorer Post 469 participated in a variety of competitive activities throughout the weekend, bringing home 10 top-three finishes. They placed first in Cardiac Arrest Management, Denver Drill, Medical Emergency Management, Pittsburgh Drill, and Trauma Emergency Management.

They earned second place trophies in Medical Emergency Management and Trauma Emergency Management, and they placed third in Honor Guard Competition, Rapid Dress Individual, and Table Top Display Contest.

The explorer program is a career-based learning opportunity open to young people ages 14 years old (completed eighth grade) and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning about fire and emergency services careers. For more information about Explorer Post 469, contact Sgt. Michael Sims at 678-644-1377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..