Ocean City Fire Department to Host Summer Camp for Junior Firefighters

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Junior firefighters form teams to “fight fires” during camp.

The Ocean City Fire Department will host its 12th annual Junior Firefighter Summer Camp July 11-14.

The camp will take place at the OCFD headquarters at 550 Asbury Avenue and includes children ages nine through 12.

Camp attendees will observe OCFD firefighters as they are introduced to firefighting and life safety techniques, such as rope rescue, search and rescue, and the use of fire hoses , splints and bandages, as well as CPR.

The program gives 30 kids a real taste of a career in the fire service as they experience “a day in the life” of a firefighter, including driving a fire service apparatus. fire, stretching garden hoses and rescuing victims in simulated emergency scenarios.

The program, overseen by Fire Chief James Smith, began in 2010 with the help of Deputy Chief Charles Bowman and has become one of the most sought after summer camps in the area.

All camp instructors are certified New Jersey Division of Fire Safety firefighters and members of IAFF Local Lodge 4032. Many camp instructors volunteer their free time to help make camp an enjoyable, educational and successful experience for participants.

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