Camp prepares young women for firefighting, EMT careers

The camp is free and for high schoolers who want to pursue a future as a firefighter or EMT.

Posted: Jul 27, 2021 3:56 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Fire season is in full swing but Eugene-Springfield Fire still has some time to look to the future.

They hosted their 10th Young Women’s Fire and Leadership Camp last week, which is a free camp for high school students interested in learning about being a firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician for their future career.

KEZI 9 News was invited to go down to the training to see what participants we relearning, and we spoke to some of the trainees about why they’re going through the camp.

“There’s lots of sort-of white-collar things that you can do to help people, but this is just so physical and so personal, and it just brings me a lot of joy to know what kind of difference I can make in my own community.”

It’s important to know that this isn’t an accredited program; however, they have had a few of the high schoolers go through the program and get hired onto their BLS Medical Service.

If you’re interested in attending next year, the cities of Eugene and Springfield will post about the 2022 camp on their websites. Expect to see these postings in early spring next year once they finalize camp dates. They also send information to high school counselors in the area.

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