Junior Firefighter Program a success in Lamar County

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LAMAR COUNTY, TX-- Some Lamar County teens are learning what it takes to be a firefighter thanks to a Lamar Point Volunteer Fire Department program.

Lamar Point's Junior Firefighter program, for ages 14-17, was formed two tears ago to help teens learn responsibility and become better members in the community, while still building a future in the emergency services profession.

Officers are hoping to be an example to the kids, while the juniors say the program is beneficial to their future.

"We see these children out there that are just lost," said Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Bass. "If we can help these kids with the future that's what we want to try to do."

"They teach you different things about the world that you would be in if you were a firefighter that you wouldn't get to know if you went into it without this training," said Firefight Hannah Stumbo.

Officers hope the success of their program encourages other departments to get the youth involved.

The Lamar Point Volunteer Fire Department will also be hosting their annual BBQ fundraiser on Saturday at 5 P.M. at their station on FM 1499 in Paris.