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Boy Scouts earn merit badges in first aid and fire safety

Master Firefighter Norm Hinkle teaches area Boy Scouts first aid Sunday afternoon. Master Firefighter Norm Hinkle teaches area Boy Scouts first aid Sunday afternoon.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Some local Boy Scouts embraced the motto of "being prepared" this weekend by learning what to do in case of an emergency.

The Wilmington Fire Department hosted its first "fire college" for area Boy Scouts. Troops from around the area earned merit badges in fire safety and first aid.

Master Firefighter Norm Hinkle from the Wilmington Fire Department said it's a good way to involve the community and they plan to have similar events in the coming years.

One scout said he learned some vital skills.

"Say you're at the mall or something and somebody starts to have a stroke," said Brendan Huston. "Instead of freaking out and running around in circles, wondering what to do, I just go ok, you just have to cover them up and do whatever you need to do [to help them]."

Huston is one of about 20 Boy Scouts who went to Sunday's first aid training. Saturday, about 30 Boy Scouts attended fire safety training.

Scouts will earn one merit badge for fire safety and one for first aid.

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