Boise Fire Hosts Ignite Bootcamp to Bring Women to the Fire Department
The Boise Fire Department and Ada County Paramedics hosted the women-only boot camp to provide first-hand insight into a fire service career.
BOISE, Idaho – Women interested in a career in the fire service received a taste of the profession Saturday as the Boise Fire Department hosted the first day of its ‘Ignite Boot Camp‘ with Ada County Paramedics.
Both Treasure Valley agencies provided educational opportunities for participants through physical exercise and teamwork tasks. A rotation of stations also focused on key skills required for firefighters.
“The goal of this boot camp is to inspire, empower and transform career choices by providing groups of women with the tools and resources to deepen their pursuit and understanding of the fire service, in hopes of recruiting more women into the fire department,” Boise Fire wrote in a press release.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, women make up less than 10% of American firefighters. Boise Fire said the number of women in the fire service is growing, but there is still a need to create opportunities for women interested in the industry.
“This is an opportunity for women interested in a career in the fire service to see what the job entails and to see what they are capable of. It is important for women to know that they belong in the fire service. fire,” said Boise Firefighter/Ignite Founder, Kasey Hochmuht says.
Boot camp at the Boise Fire Training Center included search stations, ladders, extrication, forced entry, water supply and advancement hoses. The two-day training continues on Sunday.
A similar event is scheduled for July 9 for girls aged 14-17. The Boise Fire Treasure Valley Young Women’s Fire Experience will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register, Click here.
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