Steve Brown

Fire department douses children for fun

September 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

                        The Rockford Fire Department helped make the last few days of the Rockford Public Schools Summer Kids Rock program full of fun as they brought two fire trucks to the Parkside Elementary School playground and sprayed water into the air for the kids to play in. According to organizer and teacher Steve Brown, it was the highlight in a week of fun activities to celebrate the end of the summer camp. “Every year the fire department does this for us at no charge,” Brown said. He noted the department brings two trucks in case an emergency requiring the attention of the fire department should occur. Fire Chief Mike Reus said the department is always happy to accommodate the request. The camp is attended by about 200 students from kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition to playing in the spray from the fire truck, the children enjoyed a day of track and field events, a scavenger hunt through downtown Rockford, and an ice cream social. Brown said the program is offered by Rockford Public Schools Childcare Services each summer. He came up with the name Summer Kids Rock because it sounded more fun than Summer Care. Brown said Chief Reus also offered to bring a truck in for a cooling spray if next summer has extremely hot days such as this summer did.