Team building, training in how to communicate and work together. Those are the first things 30 kids are learning at fire camp.
“Teamwork is incredibly important. It's what the whole fire service is about, being able to work with your partners.”
Firefighter and paramedic Hilary Laribee is one of a team of eight who helped organize Kids' Fire Camp. It's a first for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District who partnered with Local 3895, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and Washoe County Regional Parks to make it happen.
It took a year of planning, but fire equipment operator Travis Long says they already know this is something they want to continue doing every summer. “We have kids ages 10 to 14, we're getting them out we're getting them active.”
They're also learning about fire.
“Like the history of how firefighting began - came to be, and I think that's pretty cool.”
It'll get even cooler tomorrow when they get to find out what it's really like to be a firefighter.
“Put on the air packs, feel how heavy they are, feel what it's like to be on air. We have a large tower down there, so they're going to do some rope rescue technique,” says Laribee.
Long adds, “They're gonna be learning how to breach walls, how to extinguish fires. We have a flash pan and a fire extinguisher training.”
The cost for the three day and two night summer camp was $99, but a lot of the kids were given scholarships and because it's that important to them, all the active fire duty personnel that are helping with the camp - are donating their time to be here.
“I mean, these kids are our future, anything we can do to help them out - this is our community all of them live here.”
This was day one of kids' fire camp - it continues through Wednesday.
Registration is now closed, but plans are in the works to bring the camp back next summer.