Each June the Watauga Fire Department , in coordination with the City, conducts a week-long day camp for approximately 30 students from the Watauga area.
The goals of the fire camp program are to teach students the importance of teamwork and physical fitness, as well as to build self confidence and initiative to develop solutions to complex problems. These goals are accomplished in an exciting, highly disciplined, and controlled environment. The students engage in fire and EMS related activities and scenarios utilizing the same discipline, training, skills, and equipment used by firefighters today.
The fire program was developed in 1994 by the Piedmont California Fire department to educate students about fire safety after an unusual increase in juvenile-related fires. Although Watauga had not experienced any serious problems, the program was tested in 2019. After a tremendous response from all involved parties, the Watauga Fire Department elected to continue the program as an annual event.
The fire camp program is made possible by the gracious donation of effort by the Watauga Fire Department members. All supervision, activities, and training sessions are conducted by members of the WFD. All instructors are state-certified career firefighter / Paramedics who offer their expertise in various disciplines of the fire service.