The Comox Firefighter Youth Camp will take place during the school spring break in March 25-28. Photo submitted

Comox Fire Rescue preparing for Firefighter Youth Camp

Annual training camp takes place during spring break

Planning is well underway for this year’s Comox Firefighter Youth Camp. The camp will take place during the school spring break in March 25 to 28.

“This is a wonderful project and a great opportunity for the students who attend,” said Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner. “For many of them it will be the most exciting thing they have done to this point in their lives. The commitment made towards this project by our firefighters and community is outstanding. Without their help this would not be possible. This is our 10th youth camp and I am looking forward to once again working with some of the young people in our community.”

Training during the camp will include exposure to safety in the workplace, self-contained breathing apparatus, large ladders, ropes and knots, rappelling, confined space, auto extrication, first aid, live fires, fire extinguisher, fire prevention, and team work. All of the training will be provided by local firefighters.

“We are pleased to offer the students from our local high schools an opportunity to participate in this unique and exciting challenge,” said Comox Firefighters Association chairperson Bill Windram.

More than 300 students have attended the camps in the past. The firefighter camp is open to both boys and girls, Grades 11 and 12. A camp like this costs a significant amount of money and the Comox firefighters are seeking the help of many local businesses to support the project. For more information please contact Schreiner at 339-2432.

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