"We're teaching our job, but in a fun way, and showing them our passion for what we do," says Central EMS Paramedic Theresa Roth. "It also gives them a positive image of fire, police, EMS, what we do for the community and how they might fit into those roles."
From investigating mock crime scenes to treating injuries in the field, the kids at Camp Rescue are spending this week learning what it takes to work in emergency services.
"It's not your normal Summer camp," says Kaitlin Robinson. "I've wanted to be in EMS so it was a way to get into it, and explore other agencies and see if, to make sure that was really what I wanted to do."
Robinson is attending her second year at the camp, and the high school senior now plans to pursue a career as a paramedic.
"I like the pre-hospital setting of it, just being able to deal with the patient when they're in the time of most need," she says.
Seventeen-year-old Blake Reed is already a West Fork Firefighter, and says coming to Camp Rescue confirmed his decision to enter public service.
"You get to go out and meet new people, and just have a little fun," he says. "I always liked helping people. It's just something I like doing, and so I figured that would be the best way for me to help other people."
The kids also get certified in CPR according to American Heart Association standards. Visit this site for more information on Camp Rescue.