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Weslaco summer camp offers students lifesaving skills

The students will complete a basic CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team training, leadership training, and engage in action planning.

With the summer season approaching, some students will be home from school and some will be heading to camps. One camp in particular is structured to teach students lifesaving skills.

"We decided that we wanted to have the camp here locally so that we can have more of our students across the Rio Grande Valley come do it here," said Weslaco Fire Department Lieutenant Rich Stubbs.

Dozens of students will be spending a week at Camp Thicket for a youth preparedness course. The students will complete a basic CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team training, leadership training, and engage in action planning.

"Self-preparation, and it teaches them some minor firefighting, some ems skills as well too, managing and splinting and so on. Those are things they can use the rest of their lives, in their normal everyday work," said Stubbs.

Weslaco Fire Department volunteers Sara Contreras and Ana Martinez say the camp is an opportunity to assist their community when needed.

"I wanna get CPR certified, first aid certified, and it's just CERT was just the beginning. I know that there's bigger things that we can do for the community," said Martinez.

Stubbs took part in a similar preparedness camp when he was a teen and credits that experience for his current success.

"Because I was able to be a part of that program, I then moved on to the California Department of Forestry with the skills that I learned in that youth program and then now today with the Weslaco Fire Department," he said.

For more information, visit rgvyouthpreparedness.com.

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