GFD to hold annual Kids Camp August 9 through August 13

The Gatlinburg Fire Department and Gatlinburg Firefighters Association is planning for its annual Kids Camp, which will be held August 9 through August 13 and is open to children ages 6 through 11.

Registration for the camp is currently full, but a waiting list is available for interested campers. For information about the camp or how to join the waiting list, please call the Gatlinburg Fire Department at (865) 436-5112.

The annual Kids Camp is an action-packed week that includes five days of experiencing and learning about the job of a firefighter. During the week, campers will experience lessons and activities on what the experience of being a firefighter is and fire safety, but also have classes on first aid, water safety, search and rescue and other operations. Campers will be divided into teams of five and operate as a ‘fire company’ during the week and each camper will be the ‘company officer’ for the day, as leadership principles will be taught to each child.

“Our Fire Camp is designed to be fun, challenging, entertaining, and educational,” Gatlinburg Fire Chief Charlie Cole said. “Our goal is for each camper to learn safety lessons about things around their homes and schools that they encounter every day through both lectures and activities.”

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