Firefighter for a Day camp returns

Kids exit the smoke scene during the Carmel Fire Dept. camp for kids. (Submitted photo)

Kids exit the smoke scene during the Carmel Fire Dept. camp for kids. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

Many youngsters dream of being firefighters. The Carmel Fire Department gives those boys and girls a sneak preview.

The department along with St.Vincent Carmel Hospital are presenting the Firefighter for Day Camp for the third time. The free camp, which includes lunch, will be held July 21 and 22 for ages 7-13 and ages 10-13 on July 23 at Prairie Trace Elementary School, 14200 N. River Rd. The camp is 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

“It’s a neat experience to bring the kids out and give them a glimpse of what we do,” event co-chairman Tim Griffin said. “They get to hang out with the firefighters for a day. It’s outside and it’s physical, so it’s a great concept. It’s a great way to showcase what we do and what firefighting is all about. It’s just not just fighting fires or (Emergency Medical Services). It’s about educating the public. We talk about 911 and different emergencies.”

Griffin, a Carmel resident, has been with the department for 11 years. He missed the first camp because of vacation.

“I got involved last year and just loved it,” Griffin said. “I’m just a small part, there are so many firefighters that are on the committee that are doing so much.”

One of those is Brandon Greiner, who serves as the other camp co-chair.

Griffin said he got approached several times in the past year with positive feedback about the camp.

“We’ve filled up every year we’ve done it and I think this year will be the same again,” Griffin said.

There are games, obstacle courses and a rescue the baby station. Griffin starts the children out with some fitness exercises.

“The favorite is probably a game called water ball,” Griffin said. “It’s a big metal ball attached to a wire. We have two teams that have firehoses; you spray the ball and try to push the ball to the other end. The kids get a kick out of that because you get soaking wet.”

Registration ends July 10. To register, or for general information call 571-2600.