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Addalynn Krickland, junior firefighter, helps Karah Teague, junior firefighter, put on a fire helmet during the junior firefighter camp at the fire station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 11, 2017. Krickland raced against another child to see if they could get dressed as quickly as a firefighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Addalynn Krickland, junior firefighter, helps Karah Teague, junior firefighter, put on a fire helmet during the junior firefighter camp at the fire station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 11, 2017. Krickland raced against another child to see if they could get dressed as quickly as a firefighter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Alexa Fadilla, junior firefighter, rides in a firetruck during the junior firefighter camp at the fire station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 13, 2017. The firefighters taught the children a variety of skills during the camp including the importance of staying low during a fire and first aid tips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Alexa Fadilla, junior firefighter, rides in a firetruck during the junior firefighter camp at the fire station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 13, 2017. The firefighters taught the children a variety of skills during the camp including the importance of staying low during a fire and first aid tips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Jackson Syring, junior firefighter, uses a thermal imager during the junior firefighter camp at the fire station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 11, 2017. The firefighters taught the children that the thermal imager can be used to locate individuals in a smoky environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Jackson Syring, junior firefighter, uses a thermal imager during the junior firefighter camp at the fire station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 11, 2017. The firefighters taught the children that the thermal imager can be used to locate individuals in a smoky environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Jay Teague, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, teaches Addalynn Krickland and Josilyn Teague, junior firefighters, how to use compressed air to lift a vehicle during the junior firefighter camp at the fire station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 11, 2017. During the weeklong course, the children learned how to use fire extinguishers, tie a variety of knots and how to safely climb and descend a ladder. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Jay Teague, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, teaches Addalynn Krickland and Josilyn Teague, junior firefighters, how to use compressed air to lift a vehicle during the junior firefighter camp at the fire station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 11, 2017. During the weeklong course, the children learned how to use fire extinguishers, tie a variety of knots and how to safely climb and descend a ladder. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Josilyn Teague, junior firefighter, sprays a fire hose during the junior firefighter camp at the fire station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 13, 2017. Teague practiced shooting a basketball to test her aim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Josilyn Teague, junior firefighter, sprays a fire hose during the junior firefighter camp at the fire station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 13, 2017. Teague practiced shooting a basketball to test her aim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Goodfellow Fire Department hosted a five-day junior firefighter camp for 11 base children at the fire station starting July 10.

On the first day, the children gathered for orientation and then moved into first aid.

“We’ve been doing this for quite a few years and it’s a great way to for us to interact with the community,” said Jason Garcia, 17th Civil Engineer fire prevention assistant chief. “We treat the kids to five days of what it’s like to be a firefighter. We kind of open up some career opportunities for them.”

During the course, the children also learned how to use fire extinguishers, tie a variety of knots and how to safely climb and descend a ladder.

“It was really fun,” said Karah Teague, junior firefighter. “We did a race to see who could get on their [firefighter] clothes the fastest, because the firefighters have to do that when they are on call. I liked it all.”

On the final day, the students toured the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy and participated in a graduation.

“We’ve seen a lot of our junior firefighters excel,” said Garcia. “We have kids that are becoming pilots and we have kids that are interested in joining the firefighter career field. We hope we played a little small role in that, in guiding them towards a career and doing something pretty good with their lives.”