Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Mahanoy City Humane Fire Company Wraps Up 3rd Annual Kids Firefighter Camp

On Wednesday, the Humane Fire Company, Mahanoy City, wrapped up their Annual Youth Fire Camp with a day at the Schuylkill County Fire Academy.

The program, now in it's 3rd year, gives kids ages 9-15 hands on experience to learn the responsibilities of a firefighting.

The 3-day camp began with an introduction to the fire service and the history behind it at the Humane Fire Company on Centre Street.  Other items covered throughout the camp included CPR Training, Search and Rescue, use of Personal Protective Equipment and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, and fire extinguisher training.

Visitors also stopped by including Mark Wiekrykas from the Shenandoah Ambulance and members from the West End Fire and Rescue to teach the kids about Rescue Operations.

The third and final day of the camp was a day spent at the Schuylkill County Fire School grounds near Frackville.

The day began with an introduction and tour of the fire grounds by Frank Zangari, President of the Schuylkill County Fire Academy.

Zangari walked the kids through the fire building showing how the building operates and the safety measures in place during training exercises.

The remainder of the day was spent learning about hose operations as well as sprinkler systems.  

Everyone was able to get hands-on experience using a fire hose and putting out a small fire.

The kids had fun during the sprinkler portion since they got to cool down with temperatures in the 90's on Wednesday.

At the end of course, all attendees received a certificate of completion.

Bill Killian, of the Humane Fire Company, said the camp had it's highest attendance this year with 26 participants with kids coming from all over Schuylkill County and parts of Luzerne.

Killian said that he has heard from past attendees who moved on and became volunteer firefighters in their own communities because of what they learned from the camp.