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Junior Fire Academy completes another successful week
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Students listen intently during one of the Junior Fire Academy sessions last week. - photo by Jeff Banks for the Dawson County News

Dawson County Emergency Services hosted its seventh annual Junior Fire Academy last week at Dawson County Middle School.

Thirty-two kids participated in the week-long day camp for students that will be heading into grades six through nine.

"We have received nothing but positive feedback," said Assistant Chief Danny Speaks. "We had kids travel from as far away as Florida to attend."

This year there were firefighting activities in the morning and EMS activities in the afternoon.

Activities for the students included everything from K-9 demonstrations to a state patrol helicopter on site and searching the burn building in gear.

Students also get a chance to see live fire training with a flammable liquids pit and propane tank, a real car fire and a Georgia Forestry office demo burn.

Personnel conducted a CPR class and trauma class that teaches students important skills like how to stop bleeding.

"We had several guys from each shift help, along with our Explorers who helped this year," Speaks said.

The camp ran from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Snacks and lunch were provided by local vendors.

"They seemed to really enjoy the camp," he said. "This was the first year we have really incorporated EMS into the camp, but it seemed to work really well."