Fort HealthCare’s second annual Camp 911, was held on Wednesday, June 13 at Fort Memorial Hospital for third through sixth grade students. Camp 911 was a one-day program focusing on safety, prevention techniques and increasing awareness of health and wellness.

This interactive event gave participants the opportunity to learn CPR and first aid from Corinna Bindrim, Fort HealthCare’s AHA Training Center Coordinator as well as bicycle safety provided by Fort HealthCare employees Mary Daubert, RN and pharmacist Chris Barron. Chris Roloff, Kids Konnection daycare teacher, also taught a condensed version of the Fort HealthCare class, On My Own at Home.



Students learned about fire safety, toured a fire truck and tried on firefighting equipment, courtesy of the Fort Atkinson Fire Department. H&H Fire Protection was on hand to discuss important aspects of fire safety and using a simulated fire allowed participants to practice using a fire extinguisher. Dispatcher Lance Shanahan engaged participants in a discussion about when and how to call 911 and deputy Dennis Griffee from the Jefferson County Sheriff Department gave tips on seat belt, gun and internet safety. The campers also learned about emergency medical services and toured an ambulance provided by Ryan Brothers Ambulance and met handler, deputy Greg Jansen of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office K-9 Unit and his dog, Falkos. An addition to this years’ Camp 911 was a visit from UW Health’s Med Flight giving the participants a close-up view of a helicopter and emergency medical staff.


Participants learned about healthy eating through a nutrition presentation from Fort HealthCare registered dietician, Lisa Ashwill. The participants were then invited to build their own healthy plate based on the principals learned in the presentation with a lunch provided by Fort HealthCare’s Steel Away Café. Afternoon activities included creative exercise techniques in team relay races and activities provided by Fort HealthCare physical therapist Julia Neppl and Cari Gorkowski, exercise physiologist. The day wrapped up with an activity fair, which included decorating t-shirts, planting seeds, hand washing, making a healthy snack, fingerprinting and building a first aid kit. Kati Wetzel, RN and Camp 911 organizer said, “The purpose of this event was 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. With the help of the participating community agencies, we achieved that goal and look forward to offering this again next year.”

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

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