Safety camp is set

Avoiding trouble on the Internet and preventing fires are some of things local elementary school students will learn to do during the second annual safety camp to be held during June in Fort Dodge.

In addition to the serious lessons, the camp participants will have fun with a costumed character called Sparky the Fire Dog.

”Last year was the first time we had it and it turned out to be very educational,” said Fire Department Capt. Steve Hergenreter. ”The children learned a tremendous amount about a wide variety of things. These are lessons they’ll carry all through their lives.”

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 10-14 at Duncombe Elementary School, 615 N. 16th St.

Students who will be in first and second grades next fall are eligible to participate. The camp will be limited to the first 40 children who sign up.

Registration material will be sent home with all kindergarten and first-grade students in Fort Dodge public and private schools. Completed registrations should be sent to the Fort Dodge Fire Department, 1515 Central Ave., Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

Topics to be covered during the camp include:

  • Fire prevention
  • Stranger danger
  • Internet safety
  • Bicycle safety
  • Safety around railroad tracks
  • Gun safety
  • How to call 911
  • Poisoning prevention

All participants will get a T-shirt and a bicycle helmet provided by Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

The camp is conducted by the Fort Dodge fire and police departments, the Iowa State Patrol, Webster County 911 dispatchers, the Fort Dodge Bicycle Club and Operation Lifesaver, which teaches safety around railroad tracks.