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Glendale hosts Peoria Youth Fire Academy all week

GLENDALE, Ariz. (3TV/CBS 5) – Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a firefighter? Some Valley kids are experiencing it first hand this week at the Peoria Youth Fire Academy.

The summer camp, held in Glendale, teaches children ages 16 to 19 the rescue techniques used in the field by fire professionals, from car extrication to rappelling. The free academy also covered search and rescue, team building, water jet management, educational opportunities and more.

Arizona family meteorologist Ian Schwartz visited the camp and spoke to some of the campers. “It’s a great program for them,” said captain Danny Comella. “They start off rather shy and now they work as a team as you can see here today.” He added that many campers end up becoming firefighters after graduating from high school. “They basically become a family, like at a fire station,” the captain said.

A camper named Kyle, a recent graduate of Mountain Ridge High School, said the camp was great. “I couldn’t dream of a better day,” he said. “I just turned 19 not too long ago so I’m going to go get my EMT license and then hopefully fire my I and II and see if I can get out in the Peoria department.”

To learn more about summer camp and other opportunities, click here.