Rogue Girls Fire Camp prepares next generation of fire fighters
The first ever Rogue Girls Fire Camp taught women valuable skills at the regional training center in White City, Sunday.
The camp consists of three days of training and showed women the possibilities of a career in fire service.
It's free of charge and allows women to learn from others in the field.
"This is a woman instructor-led program for other women. What a great opportunity for the young girls to see great role models and professional firefighters that are able to get in front of them and showcase that not only can women do this career, they do it very well," Bob Horton, Chief of Jackson County Fire District 3 said.
Not only is it a great opportunity to see what the work is like in similar to real scenarios, but it also lets women know that this is not a profession for men only.
18 women were a part of this camp in is first year alone.
Next year, they expect even more applicants to apply after a high turnout this first time around.
Aleah Molina was very happy to be a part of this girl's camp where the hands-on training is valuable.
"My favorite thing would probably be the amount of hands-on things we get to do because I’ve never experienced something like this. I've done an internship at a fire department before, but this is a lot more interactive and you learn a lot here,"
The hands-on training, they got to experience was very close to real scenarios in the field.
Car rescuing scenarios allowed these trainees to learn how to use life-saving tools. They also practiced navigating through a smoke-filled room and utilized a training tower they could rappel from.
Learning how to handle heights, smoke, and various tools were part of the vital skills they learned.