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Area fire protection district offers educational programs

The McHenry Township Fire Protection District announced that they will enhance public education opportunities for youth, adults and seniors.

The new education opportunities put forward last Friday will be a summer camp for second- and third-graders, “File of Life” and “Remembering When.”

MTFPD Fire Chief Tony Huemann said they brought Linda Willetts onto their staff as the public education coordinator and she has reached out to the community to offer these programs.

“We are so pleased to have her on our team here as she has broadened our reach into the community by offering valuable new programs to our schoolchildren and our senior population,” Huemann said in a news release.

The summer camp will be available for second- and third-graders. The three-hour camp will include fire safety basics, games incorporating fire safety ideas, an obstacle course and a photo op with Sparky the fire dog.

The “File of Life” program has seniors put a sign with medical information on their refrigerator.

“Having knowledge of an individual’s medical conditions, allergies, and medications helps EMTs and paramedics give the best care possible and assists in cases in which the resident is unable to communicate,” Willetts said.

Another program that is promoted by the MTFPD is “Remembering When.” Presentations will be given on fire and fall prevention to seniors groups in an effort to keep them safe.

Registration for the summer camp is open for the July 17 morning and afternoon session. Location and times for the other programs have not been set. For information, visit www.mtfpd.org.

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