Dust off your plastic firefighter helmet and toy firetruck, because the Forsyth County Junior Fire Academy is looking for a new class of youngsters interested in what it takes to be a firefighter.
The Forsyth County Fire Department has announced the beginning of enrollment for its weeklong Junior Fire Academy program where rising seventh- and eighth-grade students can don protective gear and learn skills of fire safety and prevention for themselves and their family.
According to a news release from the Forsyth County Government, the program will be held at the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex on Settingdown Road from June 4 to 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
“The Junior Fire Academy is a great way to show our community’s students a week in the life of a firefighter while also helping them build a sense of teamwork and responsibility,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. “We want the children to learn safety lessons about things around their homes and schools that they encounter every day.”
Camp participants will learn information on a number of different topics, including firefighting, search-and-rescue and CPR.
“Having a Junior Fire Academy class of our youngsters every year is one of our highlights as a public safety department,” said Division Chief Jason Shivers, spokesman for the Forsyth County Fire Department. “The firefighters that help instruct it all look forward to spending time with these students and telling them about their chosen field.”
Shivers reiterated Bowman’s message that this class is focused on education and teamwork, giving those student participants skills they can employ in the real world.
Anyone interested in enrolling in the Junior Fire Academy must complete and submit an application packet on the Fire Department page on the Forsyth County website, forsythco.com, by May 11, according to the release.
According to the application for the Junior Fire Academy, interested applicants must reside in Forsyth County and be a rising seventh- or eighth-grader.
The release also stated that space for the program is limited, and that more information can be found by calling the public education division of the Forsyth County Fire Department at (678) 455-8072.