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Roseville youth learn firefighting skills

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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For the first time in five years, Roseville youth are getting to see first hand what it is like to be a firefighter. The Roseville Fire Department?s Summer Fire Camp for Kids began Monday and will continue through Saturday. Kids, ages 11 through 14, are learning firefighting skills, first aid, rescue practices, water safety and physical fitness, and will also become certified in CPR. ?In a week?s time, we?ll expose them to many of the things that we do in a regular day for our job,? said Roseville Fire Department spokesman Jeff Carman. ?It?s a lot of hands-on training.? The fire camp began in 2001 but was discontinued in 2007 due to budget cuts, Carman said. This year, Roseville firefighters have volunteered their time to run the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day this week. On Saturday, the campers will be placed in teams and compete in what Carman said is a ?mini fire muster.? Teams will compete for time in various firefighting drills such as rolling out hoses and putting on a self-contained breathing apparatus. The winning team will get a chance to dine with firefighters at a Roseville firehouse later this summer, Carman said. ?It?s exciting to see our firefighters do this because it was so well received in the community,? Carman said. ?We?re hoping that as the kids get older, this will have spawned some interest and make some firefighting careers.? Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.