Granite Falls Fire District #17 (GFFD #17) wrapped up its first annual summer camp at the fire station the third week of August. The camp, a four-day series, focused on a variety of safety topics and hands-on activities.
GFFD #17 had the support of the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County throughout the camp. The Boys & Girls Club sent a few of their staff and assisted firefighters each day and helped to teach a “staying healthy and active” day during the camp.
Over 20 camp participants had the opportunity to practice escape planning in a smoke trailer, performed fire inspections on a local business, participated in a bike rodeo and also learned basic CPR and first aid as well as other safety-related topics.
Special guests from Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office Arson K-9, Topper and Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Makela, spoke to campers about the consequences of arson, what arson is and how Topper helps to investigate fires. During the bike safety portion of the camp, Snohomish County Bike Patrol Deputy John Hill taught children how to be predictable and safe while riding their bikes.
“The children in Granite Falls are limited when it comes to summer activities within the community. We wanted to give children in our district the opportunity to participate in a fun event with their peers while also learning key safety issues that are applicable to their daily life,” stated Fire Chief Jim Haverfield.
On the final day of camp, firefighters taught campers how to work as a team and to trust one another as they learned how to advance a hose line. Campers then worked in teams to knock out “flames” on a simulator with water from the fire hoses.
“Knowing that these kids are taking home a set of skills that will help them to be safe is priceless,” said Public Educator Alison Caton.