Oakville fire camp for young women returns with new name, enhanced services


Published June 22, 2022 at 9:57 am

Registration for Blaze Fire Academy, formerly known as Camp Molly, is open until July 8. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

A camp for young women in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills looking to explore a career in fire services has been further enhanced this year.

Blaze Fire Academy, formerly known as Camp Molly, has been further improved with more immersive and inspirational training components.

The Oakville Fire department, in partnership with City of Burlington and Towns of Halton Hills and Milton, is inviting applications from Halton-based women 15-18 years of age to participate in the career camp which explores a future in the fire services – beyond fire suppression.

Registration for the camp is open until July 8. A total of 24 participants will be selected to take part in the academy which is being run Aug. 10 and 11 at the Fire Training Campus in Oakville.

“Blaze Fire Academy is about inspiring participants to reimagine their future and embrace the fire services,” said Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault, Oakville Fire Department. “As trailblazers that innovate, lead and serve the community with excellence, there are many opportunities to grow in the fire service, and this particular camp is dedicated to young women exploring their potential.”

As well as covering various hands-on aspects of the fire service, this year’s annual regional fire camp will also include a Q&A session with senior fire services leaders in Halton, and a career information session with post-secondary institutions.

Participants in the two-day camp will also learn about a number of fire response functions such as hazardous material response, search and rescue operations, auto extrication rescues, rope rescue, forcible entry procedures, water rescue and more.

Strategic and tactical aspects of fire response support such as fire investigation, communications, public education, fire prevention are also included.

“We are proud of our Fire and Emergency Services team for being active 24/7, striving to keep everyone safe,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “I invite young women who are exploring the fire services to participate in Blaze Fire Academy and experience this highly meaningful, motivating and rewarding career of choice.”

More details on the registration process and requirements are available online at oakville.ca.

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