Last July, fifteen high school aged young women graduated from Eugene Springfield Fire’s 7th Annual Young Women’s Fire Camp.
The free, week-long day camp, held at the Emergency Services Training Center at 2nd & Chambers in Eugene, is designed as a “mini” fire academy with a focus on teamwork and building confidence and leadership skills in a fire based environment. Led by a team of the department’s female firefighters, activities included rope rappelling, vehicle extrication, forcible entry, physical fitness training, personal safety awareness instruction, live firefighting and emergency medical response scenarios. In addition, eleven young women who participated in last year’s camp returned to participate in an extended fire camp as an opportunity to expand on their training from last year. Participants heard from a variety of local community leaders, who spoke on topics to inspire and challenge these young women. Check out the video below!
While fire departments in the U.S. have a long history of being predominantly white male, the camp is part of ongoing efforts to engage under-represented populations to consider careers in fire and emergency medical services.
Eugene Springfield Fire is a shared service of the Cities of Eugene and Springfield.