Fire station hosts summer camp
By Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 17, 2017
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.”