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About the camps 

Note: the camp has been cancelled for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Iowa City firefighters, police officers and paramedics for a hands-on, summer fun experience!

The Emergency Services Youth Summer Camp is coordinated by Iowa City Fire, Police and Johnson County Ambulance Services and are for local students grades 6-12 and expose participants to the work emergency responders do to keep our community safe. Kids will practice fire skills, like ladders and hoses, emergency response tactics, like CPR and first aid, and law enforcement protocols, like the K9 unit, bomb squad and special investigations unit.

The camps will also give participants an opportunity to learn more about who they currently are as young leaders, while eliciting curiosity around who they want to become. Organizers hope the experience will help participants develop awareness around their own interests, and grow their confidence in recognizing and using their own intuitive voice to make decisions in their lives. 

Camps are free and include lunch.


There is no fee to participate in either camp, but pre-registration is required, and space is limited to the first 40 registrants and preference will be given to new attendees. Lunch will be provided each day as part of the program.

Applications and waivers must be filled out and returned to Fire Training Officer Lt. Brandon Smith. 

Forms can either be downloaded electronically and emailed to, or printed and delivered/mailed to Fire Station No. 1, 410 E. Washington St., Iowa City. They are also available for pick-up at any Iowa City Fire Station, the Iowa City Police Station, 410 E. Washington St., or Johnson County Ambulance Services, 808 S. Dubuque St. 

Those with questions can contact  Lt. Brandon Smith at available by calling 319-356-5261.