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Sign-ups under way for Forsyth County Junior Fire Academy

FORSYTH COUNTY — The Forsyth County Fire Department will hold its fifth annual Junior Fire Academy from July 6-10 at the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex.

The camp is open to county residents, including private or homeschooled students, who will be in middle school in the fall.

“The 2015 fire camp is a continuing effort in our public education outreach to provide unique education opportunities to our local children,” said Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers. “The camp allows sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to work together in a safe and cohesive team-oriented environment that mimics the modern-day fire service.”

Campers can learn about basic first aid, CPR familiarization, search and rescue, water rescue and “a general familiarization of fire department tactics,” Shivers said.

The week before, on June 30 and July 1, the department will be holding a camp for previous attendees.

“The returning campers will have an opportunity to build on what they learned,” Shivers said.

He added that the camps are specifically focused on middle-schoolers to give them a way to channel their energy and start thinking about a career.

“We believe that you’re never too young to start considering your career for adulthood,” Shivers said.

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and those interested must fill out an application, which can be found at, by May 20.

For more information, call (770) 781-2180, Ext. 0.