You don't see many women at fire scenes, but that may change in the future.
A joint effort by the North Bay fire department and local school boards will open a path to a career in firefighting next April for a group of young women.
A group of eight high school-aged women from North Bay will receive immersive fire training.
A joint initiative between North Bay Fire and Emergency Service with the Near North District School Board and Nipissing District Catholic School Boards will provide participants a firsthand experience in all aspects of the fire service including extensive training in fire suppression.
"Representatives from both school boards jumped at the opportunity to expose their respective students to the possibility of a career in the Fire Service," says Deputy Chief Greg Saunders in a news release. "The training is meant to empower these young women to explore 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 will take place over two days and will include training in the following firefighting-related disciplines:
- Fire suppression Tactics for structure Fires
- Firefighter survival
- Emergency Medical Training
- Search and rescue
- Auto extrication
- Panel discussion with Human Resources and the Fire Chief
- Pumper Operations
- Fire prevention and education
There will be a graduation ceremony at the end.
Applicants will be required to apply with resumes as directed by their respective schools. Details will be made available once the school year commences this fall.