Blaze Academy will introduce firefighting to teen girls from Oakville, Burlington, Milton


Published July 5, 2022 at 3:21 pm

Fire departments from Oakville, Milton, Burlington and Halton Hills are teaming up to offer young women a chance to learn more about firefighting as a career.

Blaze Fire Academy, a unique opportunity for 24 young women aged 15 to 18 years to learn what it’s like to have a career in the fire services beyond fire suppression, will be held Aug. 10 and 11.

This camp will provide young women who may not have considered the possibility of pursuing a career in the fire services with an introduction into various career opportunities available, including fire suppression, training, communications, fire prevention, fire investigations, public education, public information and media relations, and fire code enforcement.

Participants will also have an opportunity to perform many firefighting tasks, including:

  • basic firefighting skills
  • catching fire hydrants
  • managing hose lines
  • personal protective equipment orientation
  • search and rescue operations
  • auto extrication rescues
  • use of aerial and ground ladders
  • forcible entry procedures

To qualify, you must identify as female, aged 15 to 18 on Aug. 10 and be a resident of Halton Region and currently attending a high school in the region.

Participants should be in good physical condition and have a positive attitude and supply your own CSA safety footwear (all other personal protective equipment will be supplied to the participants).

The academy is being held at the Oakville Fire Department Training Campus for Emergency Excellence, 1144 South Service Rd. W. and will run 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. There is no cost.

For more information or to apply, visit the website.

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