The Springfield Police and Fire Departments, in partnership with the Springfield West Side Optimist Club, are holding the sixth annual Springfield Junior Police & Fire Academy on Saturday, August 15, 2020.
The academy is a day-long event for youth ages 10 through 13. They will learn about the procedures of the police and fire departments.
The classes for the day will include: responding to calls for service, a tour of the Special Response Team equipment, a K-9 demonstration, search and rescue, spraying a fire hose and a bomb squad demo.
“We are looking forward to the junior academy again this year because it offers us the opportunity to reach out to the youth of our community, answer their questions about the things law enforcement officers do each day, and forge positive relationships,” Police Chief Paul Williams said in a statement. “Our hope is that they learn a lot, have a blast at the same time, and maybe, just maybe, spark an interest that will result in a new police recruit down the road.”
The class of 25 boys and girls will celebrate the day with a graduation ceremony where they will be given certificates and medals.
“We are excited to not only help kids learn what it’s like to be a firefighter, but experience it firsthand,” Fire Chief David Pennington said in a statement. “We are grateful for the opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of these young participants.”