Today is the day!!
Back in February a young man by the name of Gavin Richards was the first person to ever be awarded The Norman Brooks Memorial Scholarship. This young man has dedicated a lot of his spare time to helping around Fire Company 4 and at many of Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department events. He has shown quite an interest in the fire service. He spoke with Firefighter Travis Prien about this camp he found online in West Virginia that peaked his interest. The Norman Brooks Memorial Fund with the help Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Dept sent Gavin to this camp on a Scholarship.
Special shout out to Gus Coutscoudis whom spent his day traveling to West Virginia to drop Gavin off at camp. Thank you very much and safe travels home this evening.
On behalf of The Norman Brooks Memorial Fund we wish Gavin Richards great success this week and hopes that he enjoys himself all while learning this week. Enjoy and we will see you on Graduation Day.
We hope to make this an annual tradition so if you have a child or know a child between the ages of 14-17 years old. Please reach out to us and find out how you can apply for the scholarship.
About the camp:
June 15-20, 2019
State Fire Academy
WVU Jackson’s Mill
State 4-H Camp
The Junior Firefighter Camp provides classroom and practical training to further participants’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in firefighting and emergency operations for certification in NFPA 1001, Standard on Firefighter Professional Qualifications.
Goals of this camp include:
Allowing youth to gain insight and interest in becoming long term members of emergency services.
Increasing awareness among youth about volunteering and supporting the fire and emergency services.
Providing departments with additional help in accomplishing non-firefighting or non-emergency tasks.
Developing leadership for America’s youth, who are tomorrow’s leaders.
Educating parents and mentors on the importance of encouraging volunteerism.
Some instructional topics to be covered include:
CPR and First Aid
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Ground and Aerial Ladders
Leadership and Team-Building
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
Personal Protective Equipment
Live Fire Training
Urban/Rural Water Supply
Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting
Junior Firefighter Camp Benefits
Campers develop leadership skills and receive encouragement from their parents, peers, and professionals to become engaged members of their communities.
Campers acquire insight and interest in becoming long-term members of the emergency services field.
Campers gain an increased awareness for volunteering and/or a career in the fire/emergency services.
Campers become trained junior firefighters who can aid departments in accomplishing non-emergency tasks.
Campers make new friends and create peer groups with people from various states, interest areas, and backgrounds.
Campers enjoy leisure activities like sports and swimming.