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LCHEC Summer Program Offers Kids a Close-up Look of Lampasas Fire and Police

posted Jul 23, 2015, 10:44 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 11:02 AM by Judith McGinty ]
LAMPASAS, Texas (July 18, 2015) – Participants in the Lampasas County Higher Education Center (LCHEC) Junior Police and Firefighter academies got a close-up look of the Lampasas fire station, police station, and court house. LCHEC offers the police and fire academies as part of its College for Kids summer program for children ages 6 to 18.

These programs allow children to participate in activities that instill a sense of community pride. Goals of the academy are to enhance responsible citizenship, create positive interaction with fire and police officers and to educate young people about the challenges and responsibility of public service.

Children participating in the Firefighter’s Academy went on a field trip to the Lampasas Fire Department. Fire Marshal Ronnie Winters talked to the kids about the duties and responsibilities of today’s firefighters and fire safety. He and his team of firefighters also gave the children a tour of the fire house and all the fire vehicles, including a demonstration of their equipment.

“The children really enjoyed the hands-on experience they had at the fire station,” said LCHEC Chief Operating Officer Amy McDaniel. “They each had a chance to spray water out of the fire hose, test some of the fire extinguishers, and take a ride in a fire engine.

Children participating in the Police Academy went on a field trip to the Lampasas Police Department. Officers Andy McCatherine and Warren Scott gave the children a tour of the police station and a police squad car. They also had a Q&A, answering questions about tasers, car chases, and what it’s really like to be a police officer.

After the visit to the police station, the children went to the Lampasas County Courthouse where Justice of the Peace Andrew Garcia gave students a tour and talked to them about the justice system and how it works with law enforcement.

“It’s like a real-life episode of Law and Order,” said Kyle Hunter, 10.

The last stop of the day was the museum historic jail. Lampasas historian Bob Gantt entertained the kids with stories about what it was like to be a prisoner in the old jail and some of the most notorious Lampasans.

The next Junior Firefighters Academy is July 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. The next Junior Police Academy is July 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of each course is $20 and preregistration is required. For more information about these and other classes, visit www.LCHEC.net or call 512-556-8226 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.