The Cold Spring Fire Company in connection with the Town of Philipstown Recreation Department will be holding their 10th Annual Junior Firefighter Academy. The Academy will be held for one week, July 23rd — 27th and is open to Philipstown residents in grades 4 through 8th. Classes begin at 9am each day and end at 3pm.
The Junior Firefighters are issued uniforms and photo ID tags that have be worn at all times during their attendance at the Academy. Throughout the week the Junior Firefighters received training from Firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics in Fire Cause and Prevention, Fire Safety, Firefighting equipment and its usage, CPR and First Aid, Importance of Teamwork, Physical Fitness and Marching just to name a few.
Due to the importance of these subjects, training is taken very seriously! If a junior firefighter acts out of line or is disrespectful, punishment may be issued. Such punishment consists of push ups and running extra laps and or writing what they did wrong several times and how they won’t do it again.
The Academy also takes field trips to the County 911 and Fire training center as well as the Fire Museum in Hudson. This year we will be celebrating our anniversary with a firefighter parade and a formal graduation ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, July 28 starting at 9:15am. Upon graduating from the Academy, each student receives certification as a Junior Firefighter as well as certified training in First Aid and CPR.
As a Junior Firefighter, each child will hold an important role in the Fire Safety of their families, school and fellow classmates. During Fire Prevention week, each Junior Firefighter will be entitled to assist the Fire Department in educating the other students in school as well as the rest of the community.
The academy cost is estimated at $100 per student, However due to generous donations from the community, all of the students attend for free.
This Academy is a new approach to Fire Prevention Education and may be extended to other age groups in the future. Interested parties are asked to contact the Fire Department for details.
For more information about this program contact:
Academy Director Dan Valentine at (845) 265-9241 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For registration contact the Philipstown Recreation Department at (845)-424-4618.