Application deadline set for fire camp

Published 3:48 pm Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue is now accepting applications for its Summer Fire and Life Safety Camps, to be held at several stations throughout the city for children ages 6 to 9.

The camp is a half-day 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 on things around their homes and schools that they encounter every day. Short lectures and lessons are followed by opportunities to participate in exercises designed to reinforce the topics. Topics include firefighting, bike 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, when there will be a graduation for participants. 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. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 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 13-17, Station 5, 3901 Bridge Road
  • Session 2, Aug. 10-14, Station 6, 300 Kings Fork Road
  • Session 3, Aug. 24-28, Station 6, 300 Kings Fork Road

The registration deadline is June 12, 2015, 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 should be made payable 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 from