Two Fire Academy students used their knowledge to help children out of the apartment fire that occurred on June 10.
Once the fire started to spread, nine-year-old cousins Condarious Newson and Orlando Truss, who were visiting an aunt, risked their own personal safety to help five children from the fire.
“We were just trying to be great heroes,” said Newson about what he was thinking during the fire.
“They were just excited that they helped get them out,” said Shaw Fire Department Captain Bernice Boone.
From July 22-26, the Shaw Fire Department will hold its ninth annual Shaw Fire Academy For Kids.
The Fire Academy For Kids is a five-day program that gives children, ages five to 13, a hands-on approach to learning about fire safety and prevention.
Although the Fire Academy is mainly focused on fire safety and prevention, it also zeros in on subjects like safety in the kitchen, electrical socket safety, firework safety, school bus, car seat, and bicycle safety, as well as disaster plans, CPR, first aid, predator avoidance, and bullying.
The Fire Academy is not just informative, however.
There is also two days of fun events for the cadets.
One day during the Fire Academy, known as Wet and Wild Day, provides a tour of the fire trucks and their equipment and other day, known as Fun Day, features a dunk tank and bouncy houses on the fire station grounds.
At the end of the week, the cadets take an exam to show what they have learned, followed by a graduation ceremony that night.
To participate in the Fire Academy For Kids, children must apply and pay a $25 application fee.
This fee will help pay for the children’s breakfast and lunch everyday during the Fire Academy, as well as a T-shirt.
To apply, contact Shaw Fire Department Captain Bernice Boone at 662-719-9661 or Shaw Fire Department Chief Tim Canico at 662-347-0497.
“I’m very appreciative of the parents for entrusting their children in our hands, and all the vendors that have helped me over the years,” said Boone.