More than 300 eager youngsters ages 8 to 16 participated in the first ever summer camp initiated by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Metro Manila and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Children from various cities joined the Kiddie/Junior Fire Marshall summer camp, where they could learn basic principles of safety, survival and emergency response.
Various BFP personnel and firemen will teach and lead the participants at the overnight summer camp, which started Friday.
BFP- National Capital Region Director Richard Kwan Tiu, who spearheaded the activities, said it was important to teach basic skills to kids as young as 8 years old so they could save themselves from life-threatening situations, such as a fire.
Kids who learn from the camp could in turn share their knowledge to their friends and families, he said.
DILG Asec. Nestor Quinsay, who was the guest speaker at the event, said he hoped that similar summer camps would be held in other regions.
As the camp was a two-day event, the kids and their guardians will stay in tents where they could stay overnight. All meals are prepared by the BFP-NCR.
Everyone was free to register. Walk-ins were also allowed at the opening of the camp Friday.
Bert Opimo, 13, said the camp would be a productive way to spend his summer.
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Jullyana Lim said she looked up to firefighters and considered them as her heroes Through the summer camp, she said, she would be able to meet her idols and have fun.
The Kiddie/Junior Fire Marshall will end with a boodle feast on Saturday.