Fire explorers reschedule weather-delayed car wash

The Pelham Fire Explorers will hold a fundraiser car wash on May 9 in the parking lot of Summer Classics. (FIle)

The Pelham Fire Explorers will hold a fundraiser car wash on May 9 in the parking lot of Summer Classics. (File)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

PELHAM – The Pelham Fire Department Fire Explorer Post 90 will give its fundraiser car wash another try after the weather did not cooperate the first time around.

The Fire Explorer Post originally planned to have its car wash on Saturday, April 18, but a rainy day forced the group to postpone the event, as Pelham Firefighter Ricky King said he didn’t want patrons’ vehicles to get dirty immediately after leaving the wash.

The event has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot of Summer Classics just north of Pelham City Hall on U.S. 31.

The car wash is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Fire Explorer Post.

Fire Explorer posts are tied to the Boy Scouts of America, and allow children ages 14-21 to get a hands-on feel for careers in the firefighting field.

King said the Pelham Explorer post currently has 20 explorers, and said several previous Explorers have gone on to pursue careers in fire and EMS services.

Each year, the Explorer post competes against other posts at the Trussville Fire Explorer competition. The post climbs 110 floors at the RSA Tower in Montgomery each September in honor of the firefighters who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and also attends the Fire Explorer Weekend at the Alabama Fire College each November.

“The purpose of the car wash is to raise funds for these events and cost for uniforms and gear,” King wrote in an email. “It takes approximately $200 per explorer a year for gear, uniforms and registration.”