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Fire Department Youth Camps train the Heroes of Tomorrow

LONGVIEW, July 15, 2013-- The City of Longview Partners and Prevention and Longview Fire Department will offer Heroes of Tomorrow (HOT) camps on Saturday, July 20, and August 3. The free one-day camps will be held from 9 am - 4 p.m., at the Longview Fire Department Training Center, 411 American Legion Boulevard. The July 20 camp is already full, but space is currently still available for the August 3 camp.

HOT is a free summer camp that provides 8th-12th graders hands-on experience and an inside look at the various careers options in firefighting, such as high angle rescue, water rescue, hazmat and Emergency Medical Services. Parents are encouraged to attend a lunch session facilitated by Chief J.P. Steelman. The session will provide information for parents about career opportunities, skills and education needed to become a firefighter.

According to Fire Chief J.P. Steelman, “The HOT camp is an opportunity for kids to learn about the fire department and what kind of training and education is needed for a career in the fire service. It’s so much more than just the stereotype of rescuing cats or putting wet stuff on red stuff.” The HOT camps are one of the strategic ways the Longview Fire Department is seeking to broaden interest in fire service careers by targeting youth from throughout the diverse Longview community.

Keeta King of Partners in Prevention said, “Students who attended the camp last year learned a great deal about the day-to-day tasks of our firefighters. They really enjoyed interacting with Longview Fire department firefighters, as they did an amazing job keeping them entertained throughout the day.

Vik Verma, Chair of the Unity and Diversity’s Applicant Diversity Team said, “I am also pleased to see that the City of Longview and Longview Fire Department are offering camps like this that can reach out to minorities and females with respect to recruitment. This is a big plus for the community, and I encourage everybody to support these worthwhile camps”

Participants will have an opportunity to win door prizes throughout the day. Chick-fil-a and Papacitas will provide breakfast and lunch for each camp.

To register for the HOT camp, please call Keeta King with Partners in Prevention at 903-237-1019.

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