SAN DIEGO–San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Thursday hosts its first-ever Junior Firefighter Camp for youths at its facility in San Diego.

About 100 boys and girls, ages 10 to 16, will participate in week-long firefighting activities staffed by San Diego firefighters.

Campers will learn about fire service through challenging physical activities and competitions, and participate in the use of firefighting equipment including hoses and ladders, learn search and rescue, and basic first aid firefighting skills.

“This camp gives kids the chance to participate in firefighting activities which may spark their interest in a fire service career,” said Chief Brian Fennessy. “It allows us to engage potential firefighters of the future while at the same time giving kids valuable teamwork and leadership skills.”

To participate in the program, campers were required to pre-register, and complete an open application process.  Once they are accepted, the only cost associated with the camp is a t-shirt each camper will wear.

A San Diego firefighter gives campers a demonstration on firefighting equipment at the Junior Firefighter Camp. Photo: Gina Yarbrough/San Diego County News