It's part of a mission to help hearing impaired children gain independence.

This week, Kentwood Fire and Police Departments are teaming up with a local non-profit an annual KidSigns Camp.

The theme is Hero Day and some of West Michigan's local heroes will be working to help empower campers.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is partnering with the Kentwood Fire and Police Departments to educate kids about fire and public safety.

The KidSigns Coordinator, Renita Creasy says this is an valuable experience for their campers. "Many deaf and hard-of-hearing children are not aware of fire and public safety, thus they have a higher risk for harm.

"Our Hero Day will ensure these risks are minimized for our campers, and we hope to even inspire some to become involved with civil service."

This year's KidSigns camp runs from July 18 to 22, daily from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be held at Kentwood Fire Station #2, located at 4151 Embassy Dr. SE.

For more information about the camp or KidSigns visit the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services website.