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Firefighters host children’s summer camp

Junior firefighter, Canon DeAnda, sprays a fire extinguisher towards a cone during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 18, 2018. DeAnda also practiced fighting a fire with a different type extinguisher. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Junior firefighter, Canon DeAnda, sprays a fire extinguisher towards a cone during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 18, 2018. DeAnda also practiced fighting a fire with a different type extinguisher. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Junior firefighters, Quintin Scheffler and Lee Wright, search for a training dummy in a smoke filled room during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 18, 2018. The practice of partnering up for search and rescue is used by firefighters in real world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Junior firefighters, Quintin Scheffler and Lee Wright, search for a training dummy in a smoke filled room during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 18, 2018. The practice of partnering up for search and rescue is used by firefighters in real world situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Junior firefighter, Nate Henry, holds up a knot during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 18, 2018. Henry and the other junior firefighters learned to tie several knots used for various situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Junior firefighter, Nate Henry, holds up a knot during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 18, 2018. Henry and the other junior firefighters learned to tie several knots used for various situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

17th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, Billy Clemons, assist junior firefighter, Elijah Scott, with a fire extinguisher during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 18, 2018. Scott and other junior firefighters learned how to use different extinguishers for different types of fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

17th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, Billy Clemons, assist junior firefighter, Elijah Scott, with a fire extinguisher during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 18, 2018. Scott and other junior firefighters learned how to use different extinguishers for different types of fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

17th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter captain, Daniel Chapa III, helps junior firefighter, Hailey Hascall, cut through a desk during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 17, 2018. During the camp, the children learned about the firefighting profession and how to stay safe around fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

17th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter captain, Daniel Chapa III, helps junior firefighter, Hailey Hascall, cut through a desk during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 17, 2018. During the camp, the children learned about the firefighting profession and how to stay safe around fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

17th Civil Engineer Squadron hazardous material and emergency medical technician, Bradley Keibler, cuts through a desk during a Junior Firefighter Camp demonstration at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 17, 2018. During the Junior Firefighter Camp, 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)

17th Civil Engineer Squadron hazardous material and emergency medical technician, Bradley Keibler, cuts through a desk during a Junior Firefighter Camp demonstration at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 17, 2018. During the Junior Firefighter Camp, 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)

Junior firefighters, Evelynn Neddo and Nate Henry, control an air pressure switch during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 17, 2018. The switch operates airbags that firefighters use to lift cars during an accident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Junior firefighters, Evelynn Neddo and Nate Henry, control an air pressure switch during the Junior Firefighter Camp at the Fire Station on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 17, 2018. The switch operates airbags that firefighters use to lift cars during an accident. (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 12 children, aged 10 to 12 years old, at the fire station starting July 16.

“Junior firefighter camp is really just an excellent way for the fire department to interact with the community in a fun and exciting way,” said 17th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant fire chief, Jason Garcia. “We get the kids in here and treat them to a five-day course, an introductory to firefighting principles, stuff we are going to do in the field.”

During the first day, the children gathered for orientation to find out what they would be learning throughout the week.

“It really shows the kids great opportunity for teamwork building and what it can really do for them in the future because there really isn’t anything a firefighter can do without utilizing their team members,” said Garcia.

Throughout the week of the camp, the firefighters taught the children a variety of skills including how to use fire extinguishers, tie a variety of knots and how to safely climb and descend a ladder.

“My favorite part was the search and rescue and firefighter truck rides,” said junior firefighter, Gareth Kelly. “I actually got to feel like a real firefighter saving someone and a firefighter going into a rescue.”

On the final day, the students toured the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy and participated in a graduation ceremony where they received certificates and a fire badge.

“Thank you kids for being interested and coming out to this,” said Maj. Nicholas Anderson, 17th CES commander. “You’re taking time out of your summer to come here and learn something. It’s kind of like going back to school for half the day, every day. We know you don’t have to that, so thank you for coming here, learning a little bit and making yourselves better.”

The Junior Firefighter Camp is a yearly event, with the next one happening in the summer of 2019.

“If someone is interested in the course, all they have to do is give us a call and we will put them on a waiting list,” said Garcia. “It fills up really quickly because we are only allowed to take 12 kids. We have a pretty small training room and small fire station.”

If you are interested in having a child attend the junior Firefighter Camp for next year or would like more information, please call the Goodfellow Fire Station at 325-654-3539.