Eagle County: Camp teaches kids to save lives | VailDaily.com

Eagle County: Camp teaches kids to save lives

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Emergency responders will offer two free camps in June to teach kids between ages 9 and 11 how to react in emergencies.

Campers in the one-day program will be taught water, traffic and fire safety; skills lifeguards use to rescue people; first aid; and self-defense.

Paramedics will teach kids how to check breathing and pulse and what to do until help arrives. Kids also will be taught basics of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and about medical equipment and will be given a tour of an ambulance.

Firefighters will teach kids how to use a fire extinguisher and will go through a “smoke house,” a simulation of a burning house, that teaches them to get to safety in case of a fire.

Police will teach kids bike safety and the importance of wearing a seat belt.

More than 1,000 Eagle County kids have participated in the camp’s six-year history, said Cathy McRory of the Eagle County Ambulance District.

“Nearly half of the child injury-related deaths occur between the months of May and August, when kids have an abundant amount of free time,” McRory said. “In an effort to help kids stay safe, Eagle County emergency services offer Camp 911.”

The camps will be held June 11 at the Gypsum Recreation Center and June 18 at Avon Elementary School.

Call the Avon Recreation Center at (970) 748-4060 or the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District at (970) 777-8888 to register. Space is limited. For more information, call McRory at (970) 926-5270.

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