"The Arizona Rangers Lonesome Valley Company donated $500 to the Explorer's Post in memory of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots," Conrad Jackson reported.
The Explorer's Post, sponsored by the Prescott Fire Department, is affiliated with the Boy Scouts. It is designed to develop firefighting skills in youth between 14-20. The participants meet bi-weekly, and learn hands-on firefighting skills as well as study written materials. As their skills develop, they are allowed to participate in ride-alongs on the Fire Engines.The students that are more advanced help mentor and teach the newest members. Members come from all areas of the quad-city area.
The Prescott Fire Explorer's post was established in 1990, and is now coordinated by Firefighter Conrad Jackson.
And the investment in these young people often reaps further benefits. Sometimes the Explorers even decide to become full-time firefighters for the City of Prescott.
The Arizona Rangers Lonesome Valley Company donated $500 dollars to the Explorers Post in memory of the fallen
Granite Mountain Hotshots. Pictured in the foreground are Firefighter & Post Coordinator Conrad Jackson,
Explorer Cadet Andrew Payne (holding the check), and Captain James McInerny of the Arizona Rangers.
In the background (L-R) are Explorers Peter Hriljac, Zane Winthor, Seamus Vanest, Jordan Minor,
Austin Anderson, Logan Wallace, Josh Calloway, and Tristan Redding.
One of the goals of the Az Rangers is to support youth programs.
Explorer Cadet Andrew Payne was recognized by the Post for his seven years of service in the program.
Cadet Payne rarely missed a Post meeting during those years, regularly attended specialty training,
volunteered his time for fire related charity events, and frequently conducted ride alongs through the program.
He was also recognized by the 100 Club with a gift card for his efforts in the days following the deaths of the
Granite Mountain Hotshots. During that time and with little guidance, Cadet Payne volunteered his
time in the fire station and coordinated the other Explorer cadets who were coming to the fire station to do work.
This was Cadet Payne's last meeting as he is headed off to attend college at ASU.
Two former Prescott Fire Explorers were hired this year by the Prescott Fire Department. Pictured (L-R) are
Probationary Firefighter Jordan Pluimer, Firefighter & Post Coordinator Conrad Jackson, and
Probationary Firefighter Matt DeMenna. Firefighter DeMenna was hired seven months ago and
Firefighter Pluimer started his career amidst the chaos of the Doce Fire.