Junior cadets beat the heat at firefighter camp

A group of students are spending their summer exploring a career in public service during Temple Fire & Rescue’s Junior Fire Cadet Camp. 

“The camp as a whole teaches them what it takes to become a first responder,” Temple Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer Santos Soto said. “The camp gives them an opportunity to see and do something they’ve probably never done before.” 

The four-week camp offers students ages 9-13 a chance to experience a scaled-down version of training that real firefighters experience, including operating equipment and learning basic first-aid knowledge. 

In addition to learning about firefighters, the camp teaches cadets about other local first responders such as police and EMS. On a recent day at the Draughon-Miller Airport, participants toured a medical helicopter, scaled ladder trucks and manned fire hoses. 

“Letting them look at other equipment from our partners or other people we rely on during a call shows them that there’s much more than just what we do,” Soto said. “A lot of them don’t know and don’t understand when they see some of these helicopters in the sky, there could be someone severely hurt inside.” 

Cadets learn team building, goal setting and are held to the same high level of conduct that each firefighter is held to. They must also complete written examinations and present a research project to complete the program. 

For more information on Temple Fire & Rescue, visit templetx.gov/fire. 

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