On June 6 and 7 my volunteer fire company the West End Fire and Rescue Company of Shippensburg hosted their 12TH annual Child's Dream weekend. The event normally has 20 to 24 kids ages 11-13 participating in the weekend. The children show up Saturday morning and spend the day learning what it is like to be a firefighter. The learn EMS, CPR, ropes and knots, how to cut cars and many other things. They then get to swim in the fire chiefs pool before having a pizza dinner, then showers and off to the miniature golf course before coming back to the fire house for a movie and bed. Sunday morning starts off early with breakfast then Life Lion out of Hershey medical center followed by a confined space drill and then graduation.
The children all have a great time, some go on to become members and at times their parents become members. We get to educate the community and at the same time give two dozen kids a great summer weekend. My son participated the past three years and loved it. I would like to thank Chief O'Donnell and the members of the West End Fire Company for helping the community and sponsoring a great event. I would also like to thank the Kieth Hess fund and Drew Taylor fund for donating money to help with the weekend.
Since it is my site I get to post photos of my son during the weekend. In the first photo Shane is extinguishing a class "B" fire with a dry chemical extinguisher, in the second photo he uses the jaws to spread and pop open a door on a car. If you look back to Saturday June 13TH post you will see a photo of him using the cutters to cut an "A" post on a car.