The primary objective for the organization is to maintain an excellent relationship between the citizens and visitors of the city of Gatlinburg, the Gatlinburg Firefighter’s Association and its membership. The objective will be achieved through community outreach, fire prevention, and fire education programs designed with the community and membership interests in mind.
All members are encouraged to attend meetings. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 3:30 pm.
Camp Registration Fee is FREE!!!!!!!!!!!
The camp usually fills within the first hour of openning registration. After the camp registrations are full you will be put on a waiting list and will be notified by staff if there is an openning
Dear Parent or Guardian,
FIRE CAMP is an 8hr day local camp that runs Monday through Friday. The camp is dedicated to exposing school age kids to what it is like to be a firefighter with the Gatlinburg Fire Department. Fire Camp is a great opportunity for firefighters to help kids build a sense of teamwork and responsibility. We accept applications from children that are 6 - 11 years of age.
Our Fire Camp is designed to be fun, challenging, entertaining, and educational; all at the same time. We want the children to learn safety lessons about things around their homes and schools that they encounter everyday. They will have short periods of lectures and lessons to endure each day followed by opportunities to actively participate in exercises designed to reinforce what they have been taught.
Their lessons and activities will center on the day and life of a fire fighter and fire and life safety issues but will branch out to learn basic first aid, water safety, search and rescue and many other interesting topics. They will be divided into teams of 5 kids, which will operate as a “fire company” for all of their activities. Each child will get the opportunity to be the “company officer” for the day. Leadership principles will be taught to each child directly and indirectly.
MEDICAL/MEDICATIONS We have trained medical personnel for our Department at the level of Emergency Medical Technician – Basic up to Paramedic. We will not be able to administer any medication to your child that is not provided by the parent except in cases of injury or illness that are serious enough to warrant under our operational medical director’s protocols. In such cases, your child’s status would be changed from “camper” to “patient” and could result in a transport to a hospital emergency room. Every attempt will be made to reach parent/Guardian prior to medical assistance being provided. Children will not be allowed to keep medication of any type in their possession. Our medic will administer all medications as needed and as is specified on the prescription label.
DRESS CODE You should dress your child according to the weather forecast for the day. Shorts are acceptable. Although we do our best to control the temperature in the training room where classes are held, the room at times can be cold. If your child is cold natured please send a light weight jacket with them. A camp T Shirt is provided on the first day. Many children will wear the T Shirt on Monday for pictures then again at the closing ceremony on Friday. Also the kids will be involved in water activities all week long so please send them with an extra pair of clothing to change into along with sunscreen each day. Also on Tuesday and Wednesday the kids will be in the water so have them bring a swimsuit and extra shoes that they can wear in the water, no flip flops (this is a requirement no exceptions) old tennis shoes or sandals with a heel strap. Closed toe shoes and socks will be required at all times except when in the water. Also please do not allow your child to bring any ipods, game systems, phones, etc…
In order for any child to attend camp he or she will have to rely on you or another adult for daily transportation. Therefore, there is some time involved on your part.
We will send out a schedule and lunch/snack menu by July 20th.
On behalf of the Gatlinburg Fire Department, we thank you for your interest in the Fire Department Camp and hope that your child will have a fun and positive learning experience.
HAVE A FIRE SAFE DAY!
The monies donated goes directly to the Gatlinburg firefighters association for helping our firefighters support the community.