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Kids get education about emergencies

Kristin Anderson/EnterpriseSandy Simonton closes his eyes as an air bag pops out while he rides in a machine that simulates a car accident at 5 mph.

GYPSUM ” Camp 911 drew 85 enthusiastic kids to Gypsum earlier this month. They got an education in emergencies and had plenty of fun.

Along the way, kids had the opportunity to walk through a smoke-filled dwelling, extinguish a fire and take a dip in the Gypsum Recreation Center pool.

The free camp was organized by the Emergency Medical Services Council, a group that represents all emergency service in Eagle County, The purpose is to teach elementary and middle school students how to handle fires and other emergencies.

“We intermix the safety stuff with some fun stuff,” Gypsum Fire Chief Dave Vroman said. “Camp 911 is one of the better programs we have done here in the county.”

Vroman said the kids particularly enjoyed the venue ” the park near the Gypsum Recreation Center. The locale made it possible to mix in some water safety tips when kids converged on the pool.

Beyond that, Vroman said kids love to try out skills they hopefully will never have to use in a real-life situation.

“The fire extinguisher pit is always a pretty big hit, and that’s followed closely by the smoke house,” Vroman said.

It’s not just the kids who enjoy Camp 911. “Firemen dig playing with the kids for the day,” Vroman added.

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