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West Hartford Fire Department to Offer Summer Youth Fire Academy

West Hartford Fire Department Engine No. 2. (we-ha.com file photo)

The inaugural West Hartford Fire Department Summer Youth Fire Academy will be held at the Elmwood Community Center in July.


The West Hartford Fire Department is excited to offer a Summer Youth Fire Academy in conjunction with West Hartford Leisure Services and the West Hartford Professional Firefighters Union.

This unique opportunity will provide participants with an understanding of firefighting and emergency medical services career paths.

Students will receive direct instruction from West Hartford Firefighters and Paramedics (including physical fitness, first aid leadership and team building), have the opportunity to tour various fire apparatus and view demonstrations with fire/extrication equipment.

Fire Academy is highly interactive, very “hands-on” in nature and can be physically strenuous at times. Most activities occur in teams of two with direct oversight from a West Hartford Firefighter and require campers be able to follow explicit rules to ensure safety.

The week-long program will take place Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 2020, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Elmwood Community Center. It is open to ages 12-16.

The cost is $150/person for West Hartford residents and $160/person for non-residents.

Online registration is available here through the Town of West Hartford website. The program number is 352910A.

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