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Michigan first responders step up to teach youth safety tactics

First responders are coming together Monday to help teach your children about potentially life-saving lessons on safety. The annual camp, Camp Safe Kids, is held by the Cass County Council On Aging in partnership with local fire and police departments.

Organizers say that list of things that these kids will be learning includes first aid, water safety, internet safety, fire safety, traffic and bike safety, and much more. The camp is free to anyone 9 to 11 years old in Cass County who will get to meet local first responders and staff from the Penn Township Fire Department, Dowagiac Public Safety Department, Cass County Sheriff's Office, Midwest Energy, and the Council On Aging. The camp presents children a full day of safety activities including a demonstration from the canine unit featuring dogs trained as official members of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. And in the past, the fire department has brought in its smokehouse to show how easily fires in the home can start and how to prevent them.

The program includes lunch and breakfast for the kids and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lowe Center in Cassopolis, Michigan located at 60525 Decatur Road and M-60.

Advance registration is required. This year's registration list is full at this time, however organizers say this is an annual program. For more information about the camp, call (269) 445-8110.

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