Vail Valley kids learn to save lives at Camp 911 |

Vail Valley kids learn to save lives at Camp 911

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyA firefighter shows a student how to use a fire extinguisher at a Vail Valley Camp 911 in Gypsum on June 10

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – In an effort to help Vail Valley kids stay safe, Eagle County Emergency Services are offering Camp 911, now in its eighth year. This free one-day camps for kids ages 9 to 11 focuses on developing kids’ decision-making skills and actions when facing an emergency.

Nearly half of the child injury-related deaths occur between the months of May and August, when kids have less supervision.

Camp 911 teaches valuable lessons using fun, camp-style activities. Participants will learn a basic knowledge of water safety and rescue, first aid, traffic and fire safety, and self-defense. Paramedics and EMT’s teach the campers basic first aid and CPR as well as hands on experience with medical equipment.

Firefighters show the kids how to put out a fire with a fire extinguisher. Kids also get to check out a simulated house fire and learn how to get to safety.

Law enforcement personnel will coach the kids in basic self-defense moves and bike safety. The “seat-belt convincer” demonstrates the importance of wearing a seat belt.

“We have a lot of fun,” said Cathy McRory, Clinical Coordinator with Eagle County Ambulance District. More than 70 kids attended the first camp in Gypsum in June. “The EMS volunteers enjoy this camp just as much as the kids and it is one of the few opportunities we get as emergency services to work together in a non-stressful situation. Camp 911 is all about fun while learning to manage an emergency before help arrives.”

The final camp is scheduled for July 15 at Avon Elementary School. If you have a child between the ages of 9 and 11 who would like to attend Camp 911, call Avon Recreation Center at 970-748-4060. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

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