CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- They are the newest, and youngest, recruits to the Clarksville Fire Department, but only for a day. 

The department held its first-ever Junior Firefighter Academy on Saturday. 

Dozens of children took part in the training exercises real firefighters use on a daily basis.

Some of the training included a rescue drag, tunnel crawl, window escapes, and learning to use the fire hose. 

It's an interaction the firefighters said they love to be a part of. 

"It just brings the community together, brings the youth out to meet our firefighters, and getting that relationship at a young age is very important for trust, and just to let people know we're here to help," Chief Brandon Skaggs said. 

After the training, the kids were "sworn in" by Chief Skaggs, and given a special t-shirt and certificate of completion. 

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