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German Explorer joins Clayton Fire Post

As Told By Ben

Hello, my name is Ben Auch-Schwelk. I'm 17 years-old. I am from Stuttgart, Germany, a big city with a fire department just like those in Wisconsin and Minnesota. As a junior at Clayton High School, Clayton, WI, I have had the opportunity to join the Clayton Fire Department Explorer Post. At home in Germany, I am a member of the Fire Service Explorer Post in one of the Stuttgart Fire Departments. My interest in joining the Fire Service Explorers started with a public event where the firefighters were promoting the fire department to attract members for the Explorer Post. I have been a member of my home fire department for over 6 years.

Although the Clayton Fire Department Explorers Post is small, I was really interested to join, participate and watch various events. My host family knew I was a member in Germany so they found the right person to ask.

It is very different for me to be in a small town like Clayton. In Stuttgart my Explorer Program has more than 20 members. In Clayton the Explorer Program is smaller but just as much fun.

The thing I like most about being a firefighter is the feeling of being part of a group of people that is willing to help everybody when and where they can. This involvement and service is something that I loved and I enjoyed for the past 7 years.

Thank you Ben for sharing your story!

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