Students learn emergency safety lessons at Summer Safety Camp

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The Rockford Fire and Police Departments are teaming up to offer a summer safety camp for kids that teaches important emergency safety tips.

Rockford Fire Recruiter Randy James demonstrated how to safely escape a house fire to a group of young students during a fire drill, which gives them hands-on knowledge of what to do to escape a burning building.

“They’re very curious at this age, which is a great time to interact with them,” James said.

He says third, fourth and fifth graders in his class have a lot of questions.

“I want to ask them what time do they have to wake up,” said Brenda Valle, one of the students at this year’s camp. “Do they actually be protected with those suits and stuff?”

Organizers of the event say the safety camp tackles real-life situations.

“We talk about animal safety, bike safety, fire safety,” said Rockford Police Officer Ryan Cory. “We…will talk about gun safety. So [we] give them a lot of options that they can hang around police officers and see that we’re real people, hang around with firefighters [and] see that they’re just regular people, and do it in a fun way.”

First aid is another important part of the camp. Children learn how to bandage wounds and even perform CPR.

James says, if they understand what is going on, it will be easier for kids to keep calm in an emergency.

“If an ambulance needs to come to your house for a medical emergency for you or a family member, that it’s not a scary situation. You know, be brave and we’re gonna go to the hospital, and we’re there to help,” he said.

Many of the police involved with the program are school officers, so bullying is another topic they tackle. 

Officer Cory also says the K9 demonstration is always a favorite.

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