Camp offers young women from Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills crash course on fire fighting


Published July 28, 2022 at 10:49 am

A group of 25 young women from across Halton Region will get a crash course on a fire services career at Blaze Fire Academy, which is set to begin August 10 in Oakville. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

The possible path to a career in fire fighting starts this August for a group of young women.

The group of 25 young women from across Halton Region are set to get a crash course on the fire services career beginning August 10 in Oakville.

A joint initiative of the fire departments from the Towns of Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills and the City of Burlington, Blaze Fire Academy will provide participants a firsthand experience into all aspects of the fire service – fire suppression and more.

“When the committee reviewed the applications and essays, we saw a lot of drive, passion, and excitement among the participants who want to serve their communities and expand their career opportunities,” said Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault, Oakville Fire Department.

“Blaze Fire Academy will help empower them to explore multiple facets of the fire service and provide them with experience, information and guidance to pursue this impactful career path in a safe and fun environment.”

The career camp takes place Aug. 10 to 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Fire Training Campus in Oakville.

Immersive training being offered includes:

August 10

  • Fire dispatch
  • Search and rescue
  • Auto extrication
  • Medical
  • Panel discussion with Fire Chiefs from across Halton region

August 11

  • Forcible entry and roof operations
  • Fire hydrant competition
  • Firefighter survival
  • Fire prevention and education
  • Information session with post-secondary institutions e.g. Seneca College, about fire service education courses and certification
  • Graduation ceremony


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