By Daniel Brunty
The Winston County Journal
The City of Louisville Fire Department will host their annual Camp Fire Academy from June 17-21 at the fire department.
The Camp Fire Academy for Kids program gives the youth of the community from 8 to 12 years of age lessons regarding fire safety by using fun but educational activities and demonstrations. It also gives them a chance to see what it’s like to be a fireman as well as their life on duty.
Leading the program again this year is Fire & Life Safety Educator Detrick Sanders. Sanders recently won the Gary Kistler Life Safety Educator Award for his service to the community.
Feedback over the past two years from this program have been positive, with parents and other community members seeing the foundation being built for fire safety in Louisville as well as Winston County.
Some of the events that will be included during the 5-day program will be visits from LifeCare EMS staff, the Louisville Police Department, and the Med Stat helicopter & crew. They will also have a rollover simulator, which demonstrates the dangers of not wearing a seat belt when inside a vehicle, as well as many other fire & life safety activities.
The Camp Fire Academy is a family event, meaning they encourage parents are welcome to attend with their children on any day of the week. Past parents who attended were surprised by the amount of information they learned in the class that they were previously unaware of.
Classes will start at 8 a.m. each morning and end at 12 p.m. each day except on Friday’s class (June 21). This class will last until 1 p.m., which is the “wet & wild” day. A graduation ceremony that will include family members and others is set to take place that evening at 6 p.m.
The fire department is encouraging parents who would like their children to attend to immediately register them for the program. The camp is scheduled to only register 30 children this year. Sanders stated that if there were enough registrations, there would be a possibility of having a second class as well. The fee to register a child is $12 (covers the cost for T-shirts). Snacks will be provided for the children every day.
As of right now, the camp is being sponsored by the Louisville Fire Department. In the past, the camp was also funded by a grant from the MS State Department of Health; however, the grant was not distributed this year to any fire dept.
The fire department is asking for any businesses or community members who would like to donate to the funding of the camp to contact Detrick Sanders or Chief Terry Johnson at 662-773-9402. Parents may also use this number for registration information regarding the camp.