By Kaelyn Floyd
Approximately 50 youth participated in the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) fourth annual Girls’ Fire Camp on Saturday, September 22, at the Cecil R. Gehr Fire Combat Training Center. The day-long camp was open to everyone, ages 14 to 19. The day started with a brief welcome from Fire Captain Brent Burton.
The participants were put into teams to learn techniques from firefighters, including knot-tying and dressing in personal protective equipment (PPE). They were also given an overview of apparatus and power tools used in firefighting. Ocean lifeguards, 9-1-1 dispatchers, and members of the Explorer program all gave presentations to highlight the many career and volunteer opportunities available at LACoFD.
The Girls’ Fire Camp upholds the Department’s goal to “expand a workforce that promotes gender equality” within the organization. It is one of many recruitment efforts for the Department.