As part of Ottawa Fire Services efforts to attract more women to the profession, Camp FFIT will be offering firefighter training for young women in Ottawa. Women between the ages of 15 and 19 are encouraged to apply for the five-day Female Firefighters In Training camp (August 13-17), designed to educate women about firefighting, as a career.
Successful applicants will have an opportunity to participate in search and rescue, auto extrication, and forcible entry exercises, as well as high rise operations and an aerial ladder climb. They will learn how to wearing full personal protective equipment and a self-contained breathing apparatus, and of course fight simulated kitchen and car fires.
Training Officer with Ottawa Fire Services and Co-coordinator of Camp FFIT Mark Saunders said the camp, now into its ninth year, is all part of an ongoing effort making women aware that firefighting is a viable career option.
Applications are available now at ottawa.ca and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre, located at 898 Industrial Avenue, no later than May 25, 2018.
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