COMOX, B.C. – Since Sunday, high school students from School District 71 have been spending their Spring Break with Comox Fire Rescue.
The department is getting set to wrap up its Firefighter Youth Camp tomorrow.
So far, the four-day camp has been a success, according to Assistant Fire Chief, Jim Lariviere.
“The kids have been with us since Sunday, they stay here and live across at the Rec Centre, and eat and train here at the fire station,” he said.
“They’re up at seven and it goes right through to nine at night, with breaks of course, for meals and snacks.”
Lariviere said the group is mainly comprised of students in grades 10 to 12. The department has been running the program since 2000.
Students have worked in the burn building, along with other activities.
“They have been doing a lot of the basic facets of firefighting – vehicle fires, rappelling and rock climbing and fire extinguisher use and some first aid,” Lariviere said.
He explained that they do the camp every two years, and rotate off with the Comox Valley RCMP’s youth camp.
Lariviere said residents are invited to come watch students participate, and the camp will come to an end tomorrow afternoon.