Kids Learn Life-Saving Skills at Jr. Fire Camp

By Katie Hargitt

Published 06/18 2014 02:07PM

Updated 06/18 2014 09:25PM

A lot of kids dream of one day become a fire fighter or police officer, but Wednesday kids at the Vigo County Junior Fire Camp lived out their fantasy. 

"I've been hammering a lot and stuff and I've been wanting to save people's lives before," said Dyllan Deal.

"My brother came here and I thought it was pretty cool to learn how fire stuff and what they experience while doing stuff," said Cordia Auler.

Bill Benke started the camp seven years ago in hopes of helping kids feel more comfortable around emergency workers.

"It's a fun time for the kids to come out and see us in a non-emergency, non-stressful situation and interact and see what a fire fighter does on a daily basis," said Benke.

From knocking down doors to running a fire hose, campers learned it all this week, but they walked away with life lessons, too.

"Mostly never leave another man behind and make sure the doors not locked so they can get in," Deal said.

"If you're in a fire you can get through with helping with another teammate of yours just in case there's a person in there," Auler said. "It's going to be pretty hard carrying them by yourself so you should have another person to help you."

Seven fire departments participated in the camp, including this year's city fire recruiting class.

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