Delaware State Fire School to host summer camps

DOVER — The Delaware State Fire School has announced that two new summer camps for 2017 will held at the campus in Dover on Chestnut Grove Road.

The first Junior Fire Camp is scheduled from June 27 to June 29. Campers aged 13–17 will be shown a variety of aspects of the Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services that they would encounter as a member of a local fire company.

The second camp is Camp Fury Delaware that is scheduled Aug. 19–20. It is an all-girls camp for the ages of 13–17 which will show them a variety of areas in emergency services.

The Junior Fire Camp is organized by Delaware State Fire School Senior Instructor Tucker Dempsey, who is also a member and past chief at Cheswold Fire Company. He is working with several instructors to develop an agenda for the teens attending to see a lot of what they can and will be able to do as part of a fire company.

The campers will get to experience some of the things firefighters get to experience like using turnout gear and air packs.

“The best time to recruit volunteer firefighters is when they are young, preferably before cars and dating,” said Mr. Dempsey. “I want kids to have opportunities to explore as many life options as possible. My hope is that the attendees will have a great time and learn a lot. If we accomplish that, then our goal is to expand the camp next year.”

Camp Fury is organized by Senior Instructor Vincent Miller and Sarah Davis, a planner from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency in Smyrna and a Firefighter/EMT in New Castle County.

The original Camp Fury began in 2009 in Tucson, Arizona with the local fire departments, whose chiefs were both female.

Camp Fury is designed to expose teen-aged girls to a variety of areas in the emergency and public service sectors, to share what career paths that they can follow, that were traditionally male-dominated fields. The speakers and instructors will range from Fire, Rescue, and EMS, as well Law Enforcement and Emergency Management.

Camp Fury co-organizer Sarah Davis said, “My hope for Camp Fury is that we will be able to reach young women and challenge them to challenge themselves and each other. I am confident the girls will see that women are just as capable to take on many ‘hats’ and roles in the same arena of emergency services that men do every day.”

The camps are open for registration through the Delaware State Fire School website at and through their Facebook page.

Any inquiries about these camps can be directed to the Delaware State Fire School at 739-4773 or by email at and they will be forwarded to their organizers.


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