Fire camp applications open

Published 6:51 pm Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue is now taking applications for its Summer Fire and Life Safety Camps to be held at several stations throughout the city for children ages 7 to 10.

The camp is a half-day local camp that runs Monday through Friday and features a variety of fun, challenging, entertaining and educational activities. The mission of the camp is to teach children safety lessons about things around their homes and schools they encounter every day. Short lectures and lessons are followed by opportunities to participate in exercises designed to reinforce the topics. Topics include firefighting, bicycle safety, water safety, search and rescue practices, first aid and much more.

The fee for each weekly session is $65 per child, which includes a camp T-shirt, various school supplies, and lunch each day except for Friday. Participants can arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and must be picked up by 1 p.m. The sessions run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. until noon on Friday. Transportation to and from the camp is not provided.

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The sessions and locations are as follows:

  • Session 1, July 8-12, Station 5, 3901 Bridge Road
  • Session 2, August 5-9, Station 6, 300 Kings Fork Road
  • Session 3, August 19-23, Station 6, 300 Kings Fork Road

The registration deadline is June 14, 2013, for all three camps. You may mail or drop off the application and fee to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Fire Camp, 300 Kings Fork Road, Suffolk, VA 23434. Checks will need to be made out to the Jeff T. Messinger Memorial Fund.

For more information, contact Pam King at 514-4542 or Jeanie Brinkley at 514-4551. Application forms can be downloaded at