Goodfellow kids learn how to save lives

School-age children admire “Safety City,” a miniature version of San Angelo, during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 22, 2016. The participants toured the fire academy before their graduation ceremony for the camp. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

School-age children admire “Safety City,” a miniature version of San Angelo, during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 22, 2016. The participants toured the fire academy before their graduation ceremony for the camp. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

Junior Firefighter Camp Participants toured inside a training building at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy, July 22, 2016. The participants learned how military firefighters train to clear rooms and rescue victims from certain types of fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

Junior Firefighter Camp Participants toured inside a training building at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy, July 22, 2016. The participants learned how military firefighters train to clear rooms and rescue victims from certain types of fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

A young girl extinguishes a fire during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Goodfellow Fire Department on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2016. Extinguisher training took place during the week-long camp for children ages 9 to 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

A young girl extinguishes a fire during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Goodfellow Fire Department on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 20, 2016. Extinguisher training took place during the week-long camp for children ages 9 to 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

A young girl and Jeff T. Wilkins, Goodfellow Fire Department Chief, spray a target with a fire hose during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Goodfellow Fire Department, July 20, 2016. Each participant learned how to carry and control a firehose by shooting a soccer ball off a cone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

A young girl and Jeff T. Wilkins, Goodfellow Fire Department Chief, spray a target with a fire hose during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Goodfellow Fire Department, July 20, 2016. Each participant learned how to carry and control a firehose by shooting a soccer ball off a cone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Goodfellow Fire Department staff hosted its Annual Junior Firefighter Camp for children at the base fire station and Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy July 18 through July 22.

The camp provides children from 9 to 13 years of age the chance to learn fire safety and prevention skills. It also lends them the opportunity to see if being a firefighter is a career they would want to pursue in the future.

“The whole point of the class is to introduce them to the firefighter career field and show them some of the things that we will do,” said Jason Garcia, Goodfellow Fire Department assistant chief. “We’re trying to give them a base for the future, but also we’re trying to teach them teamwork.”

The camp included activities such as ladder operations, fire hose evolutions, extinguisher training, ropes and knots training, building search and rescue, and how to put on firefighter gear.

At the end of the week, the Fire Academy graduated the children who participated. For graduating, they received free customized t-shirts, a fire department badge and a certificate of completion of the Junior Firefighter Camp.

During the camp, each child was interviewed and photographed in firefighter gear for a slideshow presented at the graduation.

“It [The camp] will help us with safety because if anybody gets injured we could help them with the fire training moves,” said Isabella Chapa, a child that participated in the camp. “I liked when we had to use the fire hose to knock a soccer ball off a cone.”