Denver Fire Department launches kids’ camp for aspiring firefighters

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DENVER -- You probably have heard a kid say, “When I grow up, I want to be a firefighter.”

Now, aspiring firefighters have the chance to see first-hand what the men and women who wear the Denver Fire Department badge actually do.

It’s the Denver Fire Department first career camp for kids.

“Our goal is in the long term to have these kids consider us and we’re having tremendous response with these kids. They’re really enjoying it," said Capt. Greg Pixley, the Denver Fire Department's recruiter.

More than 30 middle school kids from Denver were on hand, touring the fire trucks, climbing the ladders and manning the hoses. But perhaps none was more interested than sisters Kenna and Kelly Young.  Their dad is a Denver firefighter.

“I think it’s so cool that he saves people for a living and he’s, like, my hero,” Kelly Young said.

The camp is four hours a day for three days and is designed to give kids a taste of the job.

"Hopefully, in the long term, we’ll be able to show them components of leadership and teamwork," Pixley said. "That’s what we focused on all day yesterday and [talked] about life choices.”

Speaking of choices, do the girls want to be just like their dad?

“Saving people and, like, you just saved someone that would just be, like, awesome," Kelly Young said.

Like father, like daughters.