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Inaugural EMR fire camp is a hit


Members of the Bossier Parish fire districts and Haughton Fire Department, along with law enforcement and emergency response teams, recently gave a group of parish youngsters a peek into the operations of responders and cooperation between various agencies.

Instructors introduced the inaugural Bossier Parish Emergency Response Camp, a pilot program designed to give the eighth-graders educational background and hands-on examples of fire fighting, fire prevention, law enforcement and emergency services.

With the interest generated through the initial camp, officials are looking forward to conducting the event as an annual affair.

“This is something we hope really catches on,” said Robert Callahan, Fire Prevention Officer for Fire District 1. “We’ve had a good turnout for a first time camp and we believe it will only get bigger and better.”

Kim Coburn with the Bossier Parish EMS is Injury Prevention Coordinator for the parish. She said this pilot program is designed to introduce kids to the basics in specific areas.

“In fire fighting and prevention, we showed them the equipment and how it operates, how law enforcement partners with the agencies and the function of our EMS,” she said. “We put fire fighters gear on them and taught the proper use of extinguishers and gave them instruction in life-saving techniques.”

Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies gave a K-9 unit demonstration and members of the Sheriff’s mounted patrol were present with their animals. BPSO Sgt. Darron Kerry brought displayed the office’s drone and explained how the equipment is used in connection with other agencies during an aerial demo.

A Life Air helicopter dropped in at the Haughton fire station to give the youngsters a look at one more tool available in case of emergencies.

“Officers also displayed some of the skills required to be in law enforcement,” Coburn said. “We wanted to emphasize that all the agencies are here to help.”


Who is that masked man? An instructor helps an EMR camp attendee gear up like the fire fighters.


BPSO Sgt. Darron Kerry explains how the department's drone operates in conjunction with other agencies in search and rescue prior to presenting an aerial demonstration.

An instructor stands by as a camp attendee learns the proper use of a fire extinguisher.

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