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City to hold fire and life safety camp

Participants in a prior Fire and Life Safety Camp learn to aim a firehose. (City of Suffolk Photo)

Participants in a prior Fire and Life Safety Camp learn to aim a firehose. (City of Suffolk Photo)

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

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 on things they encounter every day around their homes and schools. Short lectures and lessons are followed by opportunities to actively participate in exercises designed to reinforce the topics. Topics include firefighting, bike safety, water safety, search and rescue practices, first aid and more.

The fee for each weekly session is $85 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.

The sessions and locations are as follows:

4Session 1, July 25-29, Station #5, 3901 Bridge Road

4Session 2, Aug. 1-5, Station #6, 300 Kings Fork Road

4Session 3, Aug. 15-19, Station #6, 300 Kings Fork Road

The registration deadline is June 17 for all three camps. You may mail or drop off the application and fee to Suffolk Fire & Rescue Fire Camp, 300 Kings Fork Road, Suffolk, VA 23434. Checks need to be made out to the Jeff T. Messinger Memorial Fund. Space is limited and camps will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will not be confirmed for the camp until the application and payment are received.

For more information, contact Pam King at 514-4542 or Jeanie Brinkley at 514-4551. Application forms can be downloaded from www.suffolkva.us/fire.