Registration is open for teens interested in spending one week of their summer vacation learning to fight fires and save lives at West Virginia University’s Junior Firefighter Camp, June 22 – 27, at WVU Jackson’s Mill near Weston, W.Va.

Junior Firefighter Camp is a weeklong experience that provides teens between the ages of 14 and 17 opportunities to work hands-on with firefighters and other emergency professionals.

“Campers come from across the country, looking for this type of training experience,” said Mark Doty, WVU Fire Service Extension program coordinator. “We’re offering a rare chance to learn from and live with career and volunteer firefighters for the week.”

Those firefighters help to train the 125 teens on topics like aircraft rescue firefighting, in which campers assist firefighters in battling a blaze outside of the University’s mobile fire aircraft simulator. It is just one of many live-fire training operations that campers participate in during the week.

Other training will take place with fire apparatus, hose evolutions, team building, personal protective equipment, portable fire extinguishers, ventilation and self-contained breathing apparatuses.

Faculty and staff from WVU’s Fire Service Extension coordinate the camp and assist with training and leadership building.

The cost for the camp is $295, which includes all meals and lodging. Scholarships may be available for those who qualify.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 12.

For more information on the camp, visit, or call 304.269.0875.



CONTACT: Cassie Waugh, WVU Extension Service

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