This week, kids got hands on experience working with first responders learning what it takes to save lives. The goal is showing kids education they receive now will be used in their future and it's important they never stop learning.
Protecting the community, rescuing victims and saving lives; these are jobs first responders do everyday.
“Cause without them, like we couldn't do nothing. We'd be in serious trouble with out them, because they're the first ones to come to us and like take care of us before we get to the hospital,” says Ryan Williams, a camper.
Kids got to see mock trials of police capturing suspects with a trained police dog, the fire department rescuing victims out of a car, and EMS crews working to help the injured victims.
“I think I would have a hard time, you know just seeing the people and putting my life before theirs and that's what they do everyday,” says Williams.
Local response and rescue crews partnered up with Challenger Learning Center to show kids what they learn now affects what they do later.
“I think it's important because a lot of people don't really understand the lengths that these people go to, to protect us,” says Nick Short, another camper.
When it's all said and done, rescue workers say their able to go on these missions and save lives based off their training and education and the importance of education is what they're trying to get across.
“Well, one of the goals of the camp was to teach them math and science and how it related to some of the specialties like fire service or police department. A lot of kids don't realize that math and science is a big part of that as well. It gives them an added incentive to go ahead and study,” says Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy.
Learning, Tom Cravens with the Challenger Learning Center says, should never stop.
Stacy says all kids should continue their education past high school and get a college degree.