Camp 911 imparts safety message with youth

HANDS ON—Camp 911 participants got some real-life experience in snuffing a fire as they practiced with a fire extinguisher. They learned how to pull the safety pin, aim at the base of the flame and learned what strength it takes to squeeze the handles together. MaKenna Hendrickson takes her turn, above, as Nathan Stockton of Bay Ambulance stands by.

by Barry Drue
More than 20 area kids picked up a ton of safety lessons and hands-on experience at the Camp 911 program last week. The two-day event took place at the Baraga Village Office and fire department facility last Wednesday and Thursday, June 14-15, 2017. This was the 19th annual safety camp. As always the fifth and sixth graders are thoroughly entertained as they learn how to cope with everything from fire safety to avoiding live electrical wires to boating safety. The event involves a big group of organizations and presenters. Numerous people from Bay Ambulance work to coordinate the camp. Involved this year, along with Bay Ambulance were Baraga Fire Department, various EMTs, the L’Anse firemen with the Jaws of Life demonstration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, UPPCO, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Houghton/Keweenaw/Baraga county fire smokehouse, Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police and its K-9 unit, Baraga County Search and Rescue, the Michigan State Police, the DNR and United States Forest Service from the Ottawa National Forest. The camp opened Wednesday, June 14, with tours of ambulance, police, fire, Jaws of Life, DNR, HazMat, and Baraga County Search and Rescue. The crew took in videos on texting and bullying. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.