Four members of Carlisle Junior Membership competed in the 2nd Annual Sussex County Chief’s Association Junior Membership Competition at the Sussex Division of the Delaware State Fire School. The competition consisted of several challenging events including a ladder raise to a second story rung \, a hose lay consisting of a three inch line connected to a gated y, hitting a target and breaking down and cleaning everything up in the proper fashion.
Participants had to simulate a rescue utilizing a full size training mannequin, in which all members had to start the evolution by getting dressed in proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) including donning on a SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus). In another event the teams had to demonstrate their search and rescue skills as each team would search and rescue the training mannequin within the burn building under simulated smoke conditions. Each team had to locate the mannequin as well as perform a secondary search of the structure. The final event of the day involved knots where each member of each team was required to tie five specific knots correctly on designated hand tools.
Teams from Lewes, Millville, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford and Carlisle competed in this year’s event as last year’s champions were Rehoboth Beach. This was the first year Carlisle competed in the event and Carlisle’s victory in this year’s challenge could not have been possible without the extra training our junior’s endured from Past Chief Duane Fox, and Fire Line Captain’s Shawn Hinton and Harry (Potter) Makhtany. The dedication exuded from the four junior members as well as the training staff lead to Team Carlisle with taking home First Place. The team will be recognized and receive their First Place trophy at the June 20th meeting of the Sussex County Fire Chief’s Association in Delmar.
Special thanks goes out to the Company mascot aka Steve Ellingsworth for providing the team’s morale and support as well as the small fan club that accompanied the team to Georgetown and supported the guys throughout the day long competition.