Narberth Ambulance, which has a station in Conshohocken, is holding the Narberth Ambulance Emergency Medical Services Camp from June 21-24 at its Ardmore station. The camp is geared towards kids 10 to 14 years of age.
During the camp, the participants will get to experience fingerprinting, a visit from a medical helicopter and a chance to meet an arson-detecting dog – this is definitely not an ordinary summer camp for kids. The camp is designed to teach young participants the ins and outs of firefighting, police work, first aid and rescue services.
The all-day camp will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A $150.00 registration fee covers the cost of camp, a T-shirt and a water bottle.
“Kids will be engaged in all types of hands-on activities,” said Marie Eckman, Narberth’s Lieutenant of Operations. “They’ll have the opportunity to visit the 911 Center to see how it works, and go into a smoke trailer and learn how to crawl in and get back out safely.”
Narberth Ambulance Chief Christopher Flanagan said the camp is not only a fun adventure for children, but also a way for Narberth Ambulance to engage with the local community. “We want to enrich our young people and to help them see what we do as a career or volunteer opportunity,” he said. “We also want to connect with and educate the community so they know what we do every day.”
Flanagan said he has seen other public safety camps and decided something similar would be a great idea for the communities served by Narberth Ambulance. “The most important thing is that the kids have fun, and we hope parents are better informed at the end of it,” he said. “It also serves a purpose for our staff in that it shows them a different way to engage with the community in an educational way – by working with its youngest citizens.”
A maximum of 30 children can be enrolled in the program, so early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, stop by the station, located at 101 Sibley Avenue in Ardmore, or email Marie Eckman at MarieEckman@narberthambulance.org. Application deadline is June 14th.