Summer Campers Tour KWFD

By Alyson Crean

When Sparky the fire dog got behind the wheel of Engine 5, it was the highlight of the field trip for PAL summer campers. This week the Police Athletic League’s summer camp made a visit to the Key West Fire Department to learn about fire safety and to see the station and the trucks up close. After an educational video, the kids learned what to do in case of a fire. The Department’s newest firefighter, Angelina Maltese, dressed in the full firefighting gear, including breathing apparatus, gave children insight into what they wear to fight a fire.

“Some kids may be a little scared of this gear,” Driver/engineer Wayne Owen told the group, “but now you can see we’re not scary. This gear just ensures our safety.”

That’s when Sparky appeared, much to the campers’ delight. They followed the six-foot dog out to the bays where they had the opportunity to climb aboard a real fire truck.

Key West Police Department’s PAL Island Summer Camp is in its third year, and runs through July. Participants enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities. For information, contact [email protected]

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