KCFD to Support Special Needs Climbing Event
June 7th, 2016
The Kern County Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams will be supporting the Courageous Kids Climbing event at Action Sports on June 25th, 2016. The event is free to any child with special needs and will run from 10:00 AM until noon.
Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall had this to say about the event, “All of our firefighters are highly trained. Our USAR teams have received special advanced training in the use of ropes, among many other things. This specialized training makes them uniquely qualified to serve as mentors to these children with special needs as these kids attempt to conquer their individual challenges on the climbing walls.”
Courageous Kids Climbing is an organization that provides free opportunities for children with special needs, physical and intellectual, to experience the various forms of rock climbing. The organization is based in McCall, Idaho and currently conducts events in Idaho and Washington. The event on June 25th is the first of two events in Bakersfield, with the second event being held at the California Living Museum on October 8th, 2016.
Event Coordinator Jeff Riechmann of Courageous Kids Climbing pointed out, “We have the local firefighters come out to all of our events. It really makes these kids feel important when a firefighter offers to help them climb. We also encourage the courageous climbers to go out and check out the fire trucks. It is truly amazing to learn how many of these children have never had the opportunity to see a fire truck up close. We’re going to fix that!”
The Kern County Fire Department has two USAR teams, one based at Fire Station 52 in Greenfield and the other at Fire Station 61 at Fruitvale and Norris Roads. Both of these teams respond to technical rescue incidents throughout Kern County in addition to fires and medical calls.