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Longview teens learn about fire rescue at camp

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 8:52am

Longview Fire Capt. Kevin Pfau made a show Saturday of demonstrating the fire equipment worn day in and day out by firefighters, but it was the emergency alarm — which begins to ring if a firefighter stops moving — that made him pause and reflect.

“We talk about the fun (on this) job, but it never eliminates the hazards of the job and why we do what we do,” he said to about 10 teenagers taking part in a Heroes of Tomorrow camp sponsored by the Longview Fire Department and Longview Partners in Prevention.

“We are happy to help those who need it, but it can come at a cost.”

The sobering lesson came after a day of fun where the youth, who had signed up to get a hands-on look at the fire department, had seen rappelling, met a retired arson service dog, toured an ambulance and learned how a camera that detects heat can help firefighters navigate and find people in a smoky room. 


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