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Ninth annual program available for rising seventh and eighth-graders 

The Forsyth County Fire Department invites Forsyth County students interested in learning what it takes to be a firefighter to sign up for a free weeklong daytime summer camp program. The Junior Fire Academy, for students entering seventh and eighth grade this fall, will be held Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 14.  

The camp provides participants education and experiences surrounding the job of a firefighter. Topics covered include firefighting, search-and-rescue practices, CPR and more. 

“The Junior Fire Academy is something that we look forward to, as a department, each year,” said Fire Chief Barry Head. “Along with getting to see what a week in the life of a firefighter is like, students will have the opportunity to learn lessons about teamwork, responsibility and general best safety practices.”  

The Junior Fire Academy program will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Fire Department Headquarters at the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex on Settingdown Rd. Campers must be picked up by 4 p.m. daily. 

Space for the program is limited. Those interested in attending the Junior Fire Academy must submit a completed application by Friday, May 10. The application is available on the Fire Department page on the Forsyth County website at forsythco.com. Those accepted into the program will need to attend an orientation meeting which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 4.

For more information about the Junior Fire Academy, call the Forsyth County Fire Department Public Education Division at (678) 455-8072 or email Fire Prevention Training Officer Erin Long at enlong@forsythco.com.  

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