Fire Department hosts free Junior Firefighter Academy

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Ventura County Fire Department’s popular free Junior Firefighter Academy  is back this summer for girls and boys ages 13 to 16. VCFD will offer three, five-day sessions taught by firefighters and featuring hands-on activities, interactive learning and field trips. The academy is held at the Ventura County Fire Services Regional Training Center at Camarillo Airport, 102 Durley Ave.

Registration is open through April 30, for up to 25 teens per session. Interested applicants must complete online registration at

Students will also learn about personal protective gear, tools, hoses, fire behavior, Hands-Only CPR, and basic first aid. The academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony and family barbecue lunch each Friday. Session 1 begins July 18.

Specific topics to be covered will include Fire Department organization, fire equipment of all types, fire station routine and tour, structure fire and brush-fire suppression strategy and tactics, air operations, emergency medical operations, dispatch services and fire-prevention activities.


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