140 students attended Fort HealthCare’s third annual Camp 911, a one-day program for kids, focusing on safety, prevention techniques and increasing awareness of health and wellness.

This year’s interactive event, held June 12 and August 22, gave fourth-sixth grade students the opportunity to learn CPR and first aid from Corinna Bindrim, Fort HealthCare’s American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator and bicycle safety from 2 Rivers Bicycle and Outdoor.



Volunteers from the Whitewater and Mukwonago fire departments provided fire safety training, and the participants toured a simulation smoke house to learn how to escape in case of a fire. H&H Fire Protection also provided a simulated fire demonstration, allowing students to practice using fire extinguishers.


Dispatcher Lance Shanahan engaged participants in a discussion about when and how to call 911, and students were able to practice mock 911 calls.  Ambulance tours were provided by Ryan Brothers and the children met handler, Deputy Greg Jansen of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office K-9 Unit and his dog, Falkos. UW Health’s Med Flight also dropped by, giving the participants a close-up view of a helicopter and emergency medical staff.



Fort HealthCare’s registered dieticians, Lisa Ashwill and Amy Podmolik led a discussion on healthy eating and participants were served a healthy lunch provided by Fort Memorial Hospital’s executive chef, Colleen Miller.


Afternoon activities included exercises utilizing Fort HealthCare’s new Railyard equipment which provides a total body fitness experience featuring core, cardio, balance, flexibility, strength, speed, power, coordination and agility. The day wrapped up with an activity fair, which included decorating t-shirts, planting seeds, making healthy snacks, and making first aid kits.


Kati Wetzel, RN and Camp 911 organizer said, “The purpose of this event is to give children the skills and confidence they need to protect themselves and react safely in emergency situations, and also to help them focus on health and wellness in their daily lives. Camp 911 has grown in popularity over the past three years, allowing us to offer two full sessions this summer.” Wetzel adds, “We really appreciate the help of the participating community agencies in making this event such a huge success and look forward to offering it again next summer.”

Camp 911 was sponsored by Fort HealthCare, Frederick Farms, Kutz Dairy and Wetzel Builders.

To learn about other opportunities for children to learn about health, wellness, safety, babysitting or other important topics, visit FortHealthCare.com/Classes.

PHOTO #1: Henry Slocum, VI from the Mukwonago Fire Department practices escape routes with the participants in the simulation fire house.

PHOTO #2: UW Health’s Med Flight gave participants a close-up view of a helicopter and emergency medical staff.

PHOTO #3: Camp 911 participants get to try out Fort HealthCare’s new Railyard Fitness equipment.