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Camp 911 teaches safety to kids

Nearly half of the child injury-related deaths occur between the months of May and August, when kids have an abundance of free time. In an effort to help kids stay safe, Eagle County Emergency Services offers Camp 911. These free one-day camps for kids ages nine to 11 focuses on developing kid’s decision-making skills and actions when facing an emergency.

Camp-Style Safety Lessons

Camp 911 teaches kids valuable lessons using fun, camp-style activities. Participants will have a basic knowledge of water safety and rescue, first aid, traffic and fire safety and self-defense. Paramedics and EMTs will teach the campers basic first aid and CPR, using scenarios as well as hands-on experience with medical equipment and a tour of the ambulance. Fire fighters teach kids how to use a fire extinguisher and allow them to experience the “smoke house,” a simulation of a burning house that teaches them how to get to safety. Law enforcement personnel will teach kids basic self-defense and bike safety. The “seat belt convincer” demonstrates the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

The camp is scheduled for June 11 at the Gypsum Recreation Center and July 16 at the Avon Recreation Center. To sign up your child, please call Gypsum Recreation Center 970-777-8888 or the Avon Recreation Center 970-748-4060 to sign up.

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Space is limited, and preregistration is required. For more information, contact Cathy Dulac at Eagle County Paramedic Services at 970-926-5270.

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