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Camp Rescue teaches safety to 40 children

Fire fighter and Deltaville Rescue Squad member Lee Rosser guides children in the proper use of a fire extinguisher at Camp Rescue.

On July 10, forty kids spent the day at Camp Rescue learning safety skills that could one day save lives.

Deltaville Rescue Squad members, headed by paramedics Sal and Lori Messina, conducted the day-long program for kids between the ages of 9 and 14. Sessions included the basics of first aid, drug awareness, fire safety, water safety and other life saving related topics.

The dangers of drugs, alcohol and smoking were presented by Lynn Jaeger and her associate Nancy from the Middlesex Prevention Coalition.

Commander Ralph Priestly and Nancy Shumaker from the Gloucester U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary made the water and boating safety presentation.

Deltaville Rescue Squad Captain Wayne Evans provided a vivid demonstration of the amount of blood adults and children have in their bodies.

To make the kids aware of what it is like in a room on fire, they were asked to crawl through a smoke-filled room.

Just before lunch, a LifeEvac Virginia rescue helicopter landed on the tarmac at the Deltaville Rescue Squad parking lot and the kids were allowed to climb into the chopper. The pilot and flight crew explained the functions of the helicopter.

After a hearty lunch provided by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad (MCVRS), the kids were treated to a fire safety class.

The ladies also gave each participant a Camp Rescue 2008 t-shirt.

At the end of the fire safety class, each child was allowed to extinguish a small fire under the guidance of Deltaville Rescue Squad member and fire fighter Lee Rosser of the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by Richard Shore. 

At 4 p.m. members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 62 offered a free life jacket exchange for children whose life jackets were worn out or no longer fit.

posted 07.18.2008

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