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!