Pierce County Professional Female Fire Camp
The Pierce County Professional Female Fire Camp is a FREE two-day camp designed to simulate a mini fire academy with a focus on confidence building, leadership, teamwork, and life skills in a fire-based environment.
Led by Graham Fire & Rescue’s female firefighters, the purpose of the Pierce County Professional Female Fire Camp is to introduce young women, grades 9th – 12th, to career opportunities within the fire service, and allow them to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter.
2021 Camp – POSTPONED
We are sad to report that we have had to make the tough decision to postpone the Pierce County Professional Female Fire Camp, originally scheduled for October 9th and 10th, due to the surge in the Delta variant.
This decision was not made lightly, but was necessary to continue to protect our personnel and community members. We are looking at rescheduling the camp to Spring of 2022. If you were already accepted into the 2021 camp, you will automatically be accepted into the 2022 camp. If you were on the waitlist for the 2021 camp, you will remain on the waitlist for the 2022 camp.
We are working to identify a weekend in March, April or May, and will let you know as soon as possible when the camp has been rescheduled.
Day 1 activities will include:
- Morning Physical Fitness Training
- Putting on Bunker Gear and a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
- Hose Handling
- Using a Fire Extinguisher
- Search and Rescue
- Medical Skills
- Teaming Building Exercises
The skills learned on day 1 will be put to test on day 2, as the group comes together and simulates fighting a fire. Day 2 will conclude with a small graduation celebration, parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.
The ultimate goal is for participants to leave with a sense of empowerment and the confidence to believe that they can achieve any goal or career they desire.
Our Female Fire Camp will simulate some of the physical demands of firefighting. Participants may be asked to participate in any of the following activities:
- Carry and push 20 pounds of equipment;
- Wear 40 pounds of gear;
- Participate in physical exercises including running, sit-ups, squats, and pushups;
- Be able to advance a hose line with a partner weighing approximately 20 pounds;
- Crawl through a maze;
- Raise a ladder pulling 20 pounds; and
- As a team, force entry with a tool with about 20 pounds of force per camper.
If you have additional questions about the camp, or the application process please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 Camp.
All applicants have been contacted via email and notified whether they have been accepted or if they are on the waitlist. Please check your junk inbox if you did not get an email.
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