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ICYMI Middletown taught CPR to sixth-graders as part of this ‘inside look’ camp

Posted on: July 2, 2019
Students performing CPR

pc: The Journal-News

Journal-News: Middletown taught CPR to sixth-graders as part of this ‘inside look’ camp
July 1, 2019
By Ed Richter, Journal-News Staff Writer

"About 40 students entering the sixth grade in the Middletown City School District had the opportunity to participate in the city’s first Fire Camp...

"Fire Capt. Jon Harvey said the two-day fire camp was an opportunity for the Division of Fire to work with the city schools and 'encourage kids to become leaders and to get them out of their comfort zones'...

"The camp was a partnership among the Division of Fire, Middletown schools and the Community Building Institute Middletown, which reached out to the community for donations to cover the costs of the camp including lunches, T-shirts and other supplies...

"Harvey said each of the elementary school principals recommended several students who were in need of positive summer enrichment and character development to attend the free camp...

"The camp focused on positive behaviors, good decision-making, team building, peer communication, civic engagement, and physical activity...Participants were also taught about the duties of a firefighter/paramedic...

"The camp is designed to help students gather tools for a positive transition to the sixth grade...

"...the students also learned how to put out fires, try on fire gear, how to get out of a building on fire, first aid and CPR...

"[Harvey] also hopes the fire camp will spark some interest about a fire service career...

"'I’d really like to see more Middletown kids go into the fire service,' Harvey said."

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