Learning the ropes – and hoses – at firefighter camp

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Nolan Pearson says going to Petrolia’s Junior Firefighter camp made him want to be a firefighter.
Pearson was one of 44 kids to sign up for the program run by the Petrolia/North Enniskillen Fire Department. Which is a huge increase from last year’s camp where 16 students came out to learn about fire safety and firefighting. Tanner Redick, the camp leader who is in school to be a firefighter, says they had to add an extra week to accommodate all the kids.
The students learn about fire safety but also learn how to use a fire extinguisher, roll hoses and even get a chance to work with the jaws of life which are used to extract victims of car crashes.
And while they learn a lot, Redick says the goal is for the kids to get out, make friends and have fun.
And he says the drills help the students gain confidence and learn leadership skills.
Carter Park, one of the students attending the camp, just moved to Petrolia. He wanted to come down and meet more people. He reconnected with some of his school friends at the camp.
Pearson even said that the camp made him want to be a firefighter, despite how much work it takes, saying that it was “one of the best camps I’d been to.”