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Free camp teaches kids about being firefighters

For more than 12 years, the Asheville Fire Department has been encouraging kids to set goals and then do their very best to reach them. They did that and more during a summer camp where kids aren't afraid to get down and dirty. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

For more than 12 years, the Asheville Fire Department has been encouraging kids to set goals and then do their very best to reach them.

They did that and more during a summer camp where kids aren't afraid to get down and dirty.

"So, we put on the turn out gear, and we put out a fire with the fire extinguishers. And I like using the halligan tool to open the door," camper Bailey said.

During the four-day camp, the kids learned everything from EMS skills to team building. Campers even crawled through barrels wearing heavy turn out gear.

"I know how to put a bandage on someone with gauze, and I know how to do a sling arm wrap and all of that. I just love it," camper Jeremiah said.

The idea behind the camp is to give the kids an idea of what it's like to be a firefighter.

"The great thing about this camp is it may open doors for a future career for these children," AFD Public Information Officer Kelly Klope said. "We also offer an explorers group, and those who find the interest might move on to possibly a career at the Asheville Fire Department."

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