12 seniors complete rescue program, join departments

The Harford Volunteer Fire and EMS Association has announced that 12 high school seniors have recently completed the fifth High School Career Technology Fire/Rescue/EMT Program.

The students, who are also new members of their local volunteer fire and EMS departments, take courses in firefighting, emergency medical treatment, vehicle and machinery rescue, incident management and hazmat operations.

Those who complete the course of study are eligible to become nationally certified firefighters, as well as state-certified emergency medical technicians. The students also receive college credits for completing each course.

Classes met at the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company; the practical segments of the class were held at the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute's North East Regional Training Center in Aberdeen and at the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations.

Graduating volunteer firefighters and their fire companies are Tim Akers, Bel Air; Katlyn Allers, Level; Christine Ference, Jarrettsville; Amanda Johnson, Abingdon; Brandon Krick, Whiteford; Mark Kwiatkowski, Jarrettsville; Kyle Manley, Fallston; Erica O'Brien, Joppa-Magnolia; Jon Roig and Ben Shannon, Bel Air; Jacob Smith, Fallston; and Jeff Sexton, Aberdeen.

HCC summer programs for children and adults

Harford Community College is offering a variety of summer camps and programs for children and adults.

Spanish Language and Culture Camp for children in grades four to seven will be held from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow in the college's Joppa Hall Annexes. Children can learn basic phrases, numbers and colors through games, songs, crafts, stories and movies in Spanish.

Information: 410-836-4376, or 410-879-8920, ext. 376.

A Summer Basketball Camp for Girls ages 12 to 18 also starts tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Susquehanna Center Gym. Local guest coaches will teach the latest strategies. The camp runs through Friday. Information: 410-836-4376, or 410-836-4226.

Summer Strings Camp for children in grades six to 12 starts tomorrow at the Amoss Center, Harford Technical High School. Camp, which runs through Friday, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Daily string orchestra rehearsals and small group sessions with guest clinicians culminate in a Friday concert.

Driver Education Classes run from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. tomorrow through July 27. Students must be 15 years old by the first session.

A workshop, "Planning Your Own Wedding," will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Edgewood Hall.

Summer Lacrosse Camp for Girls ages eight to 18 is planned from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 18 to 22 at the Susquehanna Center Gym. Students must supply their own sticks.

Information: 410-836-4376, or 410-879-8920, ext. 376.

College offers course in motorcycle riding

Cecil Community College is offering a Basic Rider Course II for experienced motorcycle riders July 18 and Aug. 22. The one-day course, approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, will allow riders to get a Class "M" motorcycle license endorsement on a driver's license after one day of study.

Topics to be covered are preparing to ride, road management and advanced riding techniques.

Riders must be able to use the clutch and throttle to get started, stop the motorcycle properly in a designated area, execute gradual and tight turns, up- and downshift smoothly, and reach a speed of at least 25 mph.

They must also provide their own gear, including eye protection, a jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants and sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear. The course is taught on program motorcycles.

A Basic Rider I course is offered through the summer.

Information: 410-287-1078.


Family day:

KidSave Summer Miracles, a Harford County chapter of KidSave International, will hold a Family Fun Day and fund-raiser from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 17 at the John Carroll School, 703 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air. The afternoon includes games and activities for children and adults. The nonprofit organization brings children ages 6 to 15, many from the former Soviet Union, to the United States for six weeks in the summer to experience American family life and perhaps find permanent homes. Admission to the event is $10 to $15. 410-652-5483.


Walk-in registration for fall credit courses at Harford Community College is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 3; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 8 through Sept. 10. 410-836-4222.

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