DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Davidson County law enforcement agencies and fire departments are partnering with Davidson County Community College to develop the next wave of first responders.
"Until someone reverses your age, you got to look for who will be replacing you down the road," said Southmont Deputy Fire Chief Larry Morgan.
Twenty one sixth, seventh and eighth-graders are a part of a day camp that will spend the week touring Davidson County emergency communication centers, fire departments and police departments. The goal is for students to learn about public safety jobs and in turn one day become a public servant.
"A lot of it is education and young people not knowing what public safety is all about," said Morgan "It's not the best paying job but it's the most rewarding."
Savannah Ruth is one of the middle schoolers enjoying her time at the day camp.
"You can take care of people and, to me, it feels better to help people feel better and I don’t like to see people hurt,” Savannah said.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission joined the day campers at High Rock Lake on Monday afternoon. Regardless of how well you can swim, wildlife officers stressed to the day campers the importance of always wearing a life vest while you are on the lake.
"If you happen to fall out of the boat, it will help you float. Or if you hit your head, it will help you keep up,” said day camper Miriam Melgar.
Day campers were allowed to keep their life vests.