JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Teenagers in Onslow County are spending the week in an emergency preparedness camp. They are working alongside emergency services such as EMT’s, firefighters and law enforcement to learn the tools of the trade.
The five day summer camp covers almost all of the fields of emergency services and teens had the chance to spend the week learning skills such as if a person was covered in hazardous material or stuck in a car after an accident.
Captain of Onslow Emergency Services Richard Dorn said it is important to know these skills regardless of whether you are interested in a future career or not.
“If they ever get involved in a disaster or are the victim of a disaster hopefully they’ll have some exposure to it and know what they’re getting into.”
For one teen, growing up around emergency services is something she knows all too well. Her hope is to follow in her father’s footsteps.
“I want to become a firefighter,” said Angel Jarman whose father is a former police chief.
“I want to rescue people like I have seen my whole life.”
The group of teens will also spend the week learning CPR, how to respond to a fire scene and even get the chance to work with a K-9 police team.
Many of these activities expose the young adults to emergency services during a time when they are looking to make a career path for themselves and organizers hope that this camp will help them make that decision.