CAMP FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training)

 

Camp FFIT is the flagship camp for Fire Service Women Ontario (FSWO) and was the catalyst to the creation of the organzation. The camp was developed by Ottawa Fire Services as a grass-roots recruitment tool, one of the many outreach activities coordinated to target demographic groups with low applicant rates.

 

The camp offers a unique opportunity to young women, that introduces them to a career in the fire service. The camp is designed to make young women aware of the physical, mental and emotional challenges of the career. The Camp curriculum is similar to what can be found in many professional fire departments, simplified and shortened to give the young women an oppotunity to complete as many evolutions as possible. The girls take part in physical fitness training, learn about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), and fire ground skills such as ventilation, search and rescue, hose control, proper carrying tehcniques and use of ladders, extricaion, rappelling and tying knots. 

 

Camp FFIT has been recognized as a ground breaking, award winning program, winning the City Manager's Award of Excellence, the highest honour bestowed upon a City of Ottawa employee, nominated for a Diversity award, awarded the Mayor's Agent of Change Commemorative Coin and recognized by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) as part of the award winning Fire and Paramedic Services Diversity program. 

 

Camp FFIT and members of Fire Service Women Ontario have helped to create a similar camp in Vancouver, BC, Burlington, ON (Camp BFFIT) and most recently, London, ON (Camp FFIT London), as well as various related programs in the US. More programs are currently in the planning stages in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland. 

 

For more information, please contact campffit@ottawa.ca or fswontario@gmail.com

Camp FFIT Ottawa

 

Camp FFIT Otttawa is open to young women ages 15-19.

 

This camp will take place Aug 12-16 2019.

 

 

Camp FFIT London

This exciting new program is for young women 15-18 year olds who are interested in learning more about a career in firefighting. It is a remarkable, week-long training opportunity and is one of very few such programs offered in North America. The London program is modelled after FSWO's flagship camp developed by Ottawa Fire Services and FSWO Board members, Camp FFIT.

This camp is not running in 2019.

 

Camp FFIT Hamilton

Camp FFIT Hamilton is open to young ladies ages 16-19.   It is a 3 day camp that takes place in 

October each year.

Click the following link for more details.

This Camp will be running Sept 27-29, 2019.

 

 

Female Firefigher Camp - Vaughan

The camp is open to both residents of Vaughan and non-residents.  This camp it for young ladies between 15-19 years of age.  It offers more advanced exposure and post-secondary preparation to emergency services.  

The dates for 2019 have not yet been released.

 

Registration: https://www.vaughan.ca/services/recreation/General%20Documents/Recreation%20Guide/RC%20Forms/General%20Program_Registration%20Form.pdf

 

If you have any issues with registration please contact: Andrea Stramaglia, Recreation Coordinator

Tel. (905) 832-8564 ext. 7206 | andrea.stramaglia@vaughan.ca

 

Camp Ignite - Mississauga

 

The City of Mississauga presents a unique opportunity to give young women a taste of what it’s like to be a firefighter.

Camp Ignite is designed to educate young women about the career of firefighting. All participants will have an opportunity to speak to men and women of Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services.

 

This camp will be running July 15-19, 2019.

 

Camp FFIT Huntsville

 

​Our Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) gives young women ages 15-18 the opportunity to explore this fun, exciting, and physically challenging profession. During this camp they will learn and practice a variety of firefighter skills and work as a team with other young women in a supportive, non-threatening environment.
 

The dates for 2019 have not yet been released. 

 

Camp Ignite-Metro Vancouver

 

Camp Ignite will show you a future of limitless opportunities and that regardless of your gender, anything is possible.

Camp Ignite is a four-day camp that educates and inspires young women to follow their dreams.

The camp is open to girls in grades 11-12 (ages 16-18), and gives them an introduction to the world of firefighting. Each girl will learn about fitness, nutrition, health and teamwork.

This camp will run Aug 8-11, 2019.

 

Camp Lift - Cramahe

 

Camp Lift strives to provide young ladies with an interactive training experience through fire service related skills to build confidence, encourage teamwork and promote interpersonal skill development. By exposing young ladies to non-traditional careers for women, we challenge each individual to recognize their own uniqueness, strengths, and abilities to "light the fire within". 

Applications can be emailed to info@campliftgirls.com, hand deliverer or mailed to Cramahe Township Fire Department at 232 Purdy Road, PO Box 742, Colborne, K0K 1S0. Applications are due June 1st, 2017. 

This camp will be available to young ladies aged 11-13. 

The dates for 2019 have not been released yet. 

 

Camp FFIT Sarnia

Camp FFIT is a remarkable, week-long training opportunity and is one of very few such programs offered in North America. The training is valuable, yet extremely intense and physically demanding. Participants must be prepared to work hard each day. In order to maintain a safe and productive environment, proper rest, hydration and nutrition is vital.

This event will held July 15-19, 2019

 

Camp Molly

This camp will provide young women who may not have considered the possibility of pursuing a career in the fire services with an introduction into various career opportunities available, including:

  • Fire suppression

  • Training

  • Communications

  • Fire prevention

  • Fire investigations

  • Public education

  • Public information and media relations

  • Fire Code enforcement

Camp Molly is named after Molly Williams, the first recorded female firefighter in North America. Visit the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services website to learn more about the history of women in firefighting.

This camp will take place May 9-12, 2019.

 

Women In Uniform (Algonquin College)

Women in Uniform is an annual event held at Algonquin College in Ottawa to showcase Emergency Service careers and the College's Police and Public Safety Program to young women in grades 10 and 11. This event is supported by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Training, College and Universities, School/College/Work Initiative (www.scwi.ca).

 

Young women with an interest in Paramedecine, Firefighting, Policing and Bylaw are provided with an opportunity to explore these careers. They are invited to participate in classroom workshops and are given the opportunity to speak with instructors and students at the college as well as women currently in Emergency Service careers. Ottawa's Firefighters, Paramedics and Police have demonstrations and equipment on hand for the girls, and the day is capped off with an extrication scenario.

 

Women in Uniform has had three successful years, with 75 to 100 students and teachers in attendance each year and more to come. 

 

This event will take place on May18, 2019.