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An East Texas fire department hosted a camp for kids who dream of being firefighters Saturday.

When you ask a kid what they want to be when they grow up, many of them say, a firefighter.  That dream is what started an East Texas fire department program that gives kids a little taste of what it's really like to fight fires. The Longview fire department project is called hot camp, and gives those with that dream a little insight.

"Hot camp is available for our kids 8th through 12th grades and its an opportunity for the kids to see what its like in a fire career," says LFD fire education specialist Lesha Robinson.

"We want them to see all the things we do in addition to firefighting. So we're exposing them to EMS, medical, how to do that. and hazardous materials," says Longview assistant fire chief David Bates.  

School kids get a first hand look at techniques and equipment that make a  modern firefighter.

"We actually got to look around the truck and they let us play with the water hose," says 11-year-old Hallsville student Kayla Smith.   

Once only a male profession, young women see it as their chance to at career equality.

"Ladies can do just as much as men can do . It looks hard but I really think women can do anything if they set their mind to do it," Smith says.  

What organizers are counting on is part of the events name. Heroes of tomorrow. Some they hope were among those today.

"Our goal is hey we have an employee someday we hire that says I went through your hot camp years ago," Bates says.

The Longview fire department hosts hot camp for kids 3 times every summer.

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