Fire camp teaches valuable lessons

When you hear the words “summer camp” you might picture kids roasting marshmallows around a campfire. However instead of a campfire, some local campers are going to fire camp.

Young aspiring firefighters are taking part in Clay Fire Territory’s fire camp this week.

Clay Fire Territory Battalion Chief, Justin Stopczynski runs the program and says his goal is to "spark" interest in careers as firefighters.

"We're going to teach them how to protect their house from hazards, we're going to teach them to make sure candles are blown out," said Stopczynski, "the normal things we should know we want to pass that information along to them, hopefully they can pass that along to somebody else."

The camp is a hands-on way for kids to learn what firefighters and emergency responders do on a regular basis.

On Monday, the thirty-some campers checked out the ladder truck and shot water from the hoses.

And while some of the campers know that they want to enter the rescue field, others took away valuable lessons on household hazards and safety procedures.

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