By Mason W. Canales

The Cove Herald

The Copperas Cove Fire Department is looking for a few good young men and women to join its summer fire training camp at the end of July.

The department's Mentoring Industrious Minds and Educating Students Camp is a weeklong job-related mentoring program for children who are in the seventh or eighth grades, stated a news release from the department.

"Short of responding on the fire trucks and going on the calls, they (those who register) get to see everything we do," said James Piper, Copperas Cove Fire Department division chief of training. "It makes a tremendous window for the fire service. We are basically drumming up our replacements. One day we have to pass on the fire service and hopefully, better than we left it, and these kids will be that answer."

Use of equipment

Children who enroll in the camp will use fire equipment and wear bunker gear to extinguish mock fires and run through fire training simulations, the release stated. They also will learn some emergency medical practices and work and eat alongside Copperas Cove's emergency response crews.

The fire department will use its training equipment such as a vehicle it can set ablaze and a smoke simulation room so campers can run through demonstrations of what firefighter do, said Piper.

While the camp will feature many simulations and training opportunities, it also serves as a learning experience of why academics are important, said Piper.

Math and science applications

The program identifies math and science applications to the fire service as a career, hoping to spark students' interest in academics, stated the release.

Campers will learn about the history of fire service and city government, said Piper.

Firefighters will show students how math is used in fire service; then, students will use a hydraulic pump on the fire engines to show the practical usage of math, he said. Students also will learn leadership skills.

The department hopes to enroll about 15 children in the program, which has been successful in past years, said Piper. That number allows the department to break the students into three shifts, so they can take on different roles of firefighters throughout the week.

Enrollment was conducted through the Copperas Cove Independent School District, but there are still openings. Registration will end July 20.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474. Follow him on Twitter at KDHCoveEditor.

If you go

What: Copperas Cove Fire Department Mentoring Industrious Minds and Educating Students Camp

When: July 30 through Aug. 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Where: Copperas Cove Central Fire Station

Who is eligible: Children in the seventh or eighth grade

Registration: The deadline is July 20. Applications are available at the Central Fire Station, 415 S. Main. There is no fee.

More information: (254) 547-2514.

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