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Campers experience life in public safety

Youngsters got a taste of public safety last week.

Halifax County Emergency Services conducted a Public Safety Youth Day Camp Aug. 5-9. The 19 campers explored multiple public safety activities including the legal process and court procedure, fingerprinting with detectives, a demonstration from the Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, firefighting and rescue, a course in First Aid and CPR, education on severe weather from WSET Chief Meteorologist Sean Sublette, and a disaster preparedness lesson from the American Red Cross.

According to Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders, the week long camp included several field trips designed to provide a “behind-the-scenes” look at various components of the public safety system in Halifax County. Campers visited the courthouse, jail, South Boston Fire-EMS Department and the Halifax County E-911 and Emergency Operations Center. 

The camp concluded with a graduation ceremony for all campers and parents, said Saunders.

“We are extremely pleased with the amount of participation and the level of interest we had in the campers. The camp was designed to provide participants, between the ages of 9-13 years old, an opportunity to explore the career and volunteer opportunities available in the public safety field.  Plans are already under way for next year’s camp and we are also considering holding a mini-version for adults,” he added.

Halifax County Emergency Services would like to sincerely thank those who contributed to the camp including Wendy Jones (HCE911), Deputy Dustin Francis (HCSO), Becky Martin, Chad Loftis, Sheriff Fred Clark, the Honorable Judge Watson, Robert Conner, Ray Conner Jr., Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department, South Boston Fire-EMS Department, Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department, Blue Ridge Regional Jail, Halifax Police Department, Virginia State Police, Halifax County Public Schools, Halifax County Rescue Squad, McDonalds - Riverdale and Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative.