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Vandenberg's annual Kids Fire Camp scheduled for August

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Vandenberg Fire Department is scheduled to host its annual Kids Fire Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at Fire Station 2 (Building 10660).

The Vandenberg Chapel is co-sponsoring the event in support of the "Year of the Air Force Family."

There are only 26 slots available for children, 8 - 12 years old, of military, Department of Defense civilians and contractors.

"Children are 20 percent of our population and 100 percent of our future - nothing is more important than training and educating them to become safer, smarter and better citizens," said Mr. Mark Farias, the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron fire chief.

The day will include a station tour, showing the children where and how firefighters live during their 24-hour shifts; a chance to extinguish a small fire with a fire extinguisher; a chance to learn how to identify and report common fire safety hazards around the house which will prevent fires; learn the importance of using 9-1-1; stop drop and roll and how to escape a smoke filled house; an obstacle course that gives children a chance to use some of the many firefighting tools; and a chance to burn off any remaining energy by playing in the Fire Engine Bounce House.

Parents are highly encouraged to share the day with their sons and daughters. This is a great opportunity for family members to bond and learn about fire safety together.

Parents can sign up their children at the Fire Prevention Office at Fire Station 2, or by calling 606-4680. Lunch consisting of a hot dog, chips and a drink will be provided to the children at no cost.