Is your teen looking for something fun and exciting to do this summer?If you want thatsomethingto be educational and safe, consider the West Virginia Junior Fire Fighter Camp.
From June 27 through July 2, teens from throughout the United States will come to train at the camps high-tech facility:the West Virginia University Extension Service State Fire Academy .The new building is on the 525-acre campus of WVU Jacksons Mill State 4-H Camp near Weston in Lewis County.
Under the guidance of WVU Fire Service Extension faculty, boys and girls ages 14 to 17 learn not only firefighting skills but also team-building and leadership skills.After they finish the training, the youths receive a certificate of completion from the West Virginia State Fire Commission.
Throughout the week, teens practice firefighting techniques when they enter the two-story, 53-foot-long Mobile Structural Fire Trainer.While the unit is safe and controlled by a lead instructor and safety officer, teenslearn by doingas they apply their new skills during realistic simulations.
The campers also get the chance to practice firefighting skills on the Mobile Aircraft Fire Trainer.
Other lessons taught at camp include CPR and basic first aid, forcible entry, ventilation and search and rescue. Additional course topics focus on hose evolutions, ground and aerial ladders, portable fire extinguishers, rural water supply, vehicle fires, rope rescue and water rescue.
While the boys and girls who attend the camp will increase their abilities and develop a greater awareness of and appreciation for emergency service operations, WVU Fire Service Extension educators say the teens also will have fun. Since firefighting is a team effort, the teens will be given opportunities to form friendships through sports, swimming and a variety of other activities.
Along with WVU Fire Service Extension, camp sponsors are West Virginia Professional Fire Chiefs Inc., West Virginia State Fire Chiefs Association, Professional Firefighters of West Virginia, West Virginia State Firemens Association, West Virginia State Fire Commission and West Virginia Department of Education.
The registration deadline is June 12.The registration fee is $199, which includes lodging and meals. Scholarships are available. For scholarship information, contact Murrey Loflin, WVU Fire Service Extension director at 304-276-2843 or Murrey.Loflin@mail.wvu.edu .
For registration forms and to learn more about the program, visit the WVU Extension Web site at www.ext.wvu.edu and select the Junior Fire Fighter Camp link under Community Economic and Workforce Development.