Corning Joint Fire District is offering a three day summer camp to teens in hopes of recruiting new fire fighters.
Many fire departments are seeing a decline in fire fighters, and according to chairman, Dave Shafer of Corning Joint Fire District, old methods like barbeques and open houses aren’t working like they used to.
They are hoping reaching out directly to younger people will get them engaged.
The camp, Firefighter Experience, is for 14 to 17-year-olds from July 7-9th. The camp is designed to offer kids experiences a firefighter deals with and includes hose-line management drills, CPR training, stop the bleed training, fire extinguisher training, and many other trainings.
They will be offering demonstrations and teaching from other organizations as well, include the sheriff’s department with their K-9 unit, an auto extrication demo where a helicopter will be flying in, and a live fire demonstration for parents and campers at the end of the week.
Jeff Brenning, assistant chief, explained that this is much more interactive way for teens to learn and experience what it’s like to be a firefighter opposed to slide show presentations while kids are in school.
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