Kids got a lesson in several different kinds of safety Thursday as Life EMS Ambulance held its Camp 911 at West Shore Community College, a one-day interactive safety camp for kids between the ages of 9 to 11.
In just seven hours, kids experienced boat and water safety, first aid, what a K-9 officer does, fire safety and more.
“It’s kind of grown over the years and it’s getting a little bit bigger,” said Life EMS Ambulance Field Supervisor for Lake and Mason County Jim Herrema.
Life EMS, The United States Coast Guard, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Natural Resources, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and Scottville Fire Department all participated and gave their own presentations to camp participants.
“We had the U.S. Coast Guard out here doing a presentation with the kids. They put a boat out there that the kids were sitting in and practicing throwing rescue ropes and things like that,” Herrema said. “We have the DNR here that covers parts of their job. He brought a bunch of animal furs with him today to show the kids and we just had the K-9 officer do his presentation — so the kids get exposed to a lot of different things.”
Herrema said the most important topic with each entity is safety and what to do in certain situations.
“We like to cover a lot of safety topics with the kids,” Herrema said. “On the ambulance side, we like to show them and have them come inside the ambulance and show them that it is not a scary place to be and that they are not by themselves."
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