The Pike County Public Safety Department’s Youth Responder Camp occurred August 17 through August 19, at the Training Center, located at 135 Pike County Boulevard, in Lords Valley. Each day focused on learning a different responder service including law enforcement, fire protection, and emergency medical services (EMS). Through hands-on activities, campers were able to learn the duties and responsibilities of each responder service.
Camper Chase said, “I learned a lot and had a lot of fun at camp. My favorite part was when we got to ride in the ambulance.”
The camp was open to young people ages 10-18. Over 80 young adults attended. The camp was taught by Pike County Office of Emergency Management staff, along with members from various local responder programs including the Sheriff’s Office, the Pike County Correctional Facility, EMS agencies, and fire protection agencies.
Office of Emergency Management Director Tim Knapp stated, “The camp had a great turn out. The attendees were interested and eager to learn about responder services. It was exciting to learn that there is interest in this field among this age group, especially since there is an EMS crisis occurring not only in our county, but across the country. It is vital to get young people interested in this profession in order to help mitigate the EMS crisis.”
Lunch for the Pike Responder Camp was donated by Lake Region IGA.
Photo ID: From left to right: Evan, Joseph, Chase, and Chase