Cal Fire’s Camp Cinder inspires women to become firefighters

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As California’s wildfire seasons grow increasingly fierce, there is an urgent need to build the firefighting workforce of the future. That’s why the agency just hosted a week-long camp for girls – ages 14 to 18 – in Shasta and San Luis Obispo counties.Camp Cinder helps young women discover what c is to be part of the firefighters. -on with a lot of skills we do,” Cal Fire’s Natalie Kerr explained. The camp equips young women with introductory and first responder skills. River Van Mechelen motorhome. “That makes a lot.” Camp Cinder also helps kids interested in fire service determine if becoming a firefighter is the right path for them. “It really helped me decide if I want to be one,” said camper Caitlin Russell. “And I really do now!” Each day at Camp Cinder is focused on different skills. The girls dress up for wildfire fighting, dig fire lines by hand, run sprinkler lines, perform simulated water rescues, practice extrication techniques on vehicles, and attack active flames. “I’m not going to lie, it’s a lot of physical work, but it’s great,” Van Mechelen said. In addition to numerous tests of physical strength and endurance, campers also witness an important example. “There are other female engineers here; there are other captains here; there are other leaders here,” Kerr said of female leaders across the agency who instruct campers through each activity.” We really want that for the campers here at Camp Cinder. For these young women to look around and recognize that. The leaders themselves also felt empowered by their participation in camp. “It’s just uplifting. Like, wow! There’s a lot of other girls that are able to do the job,” Cal Fire firefighter Alicia Diaz said. “It lifted everyone’s spirits. It was awesome.” Cal Fire leaders were encouraged by the determination displayed at Camp Cinder, and hopeful, after seeing the promise of future female members of the fire service: “It’s so exciting to see all these women here. actually do what some people say is a man’s job said Russell. “I aspire to be like all these women here.” Camp Cinder sessions are over for this summer, but Cal Fire plans to host Camp Cinder again next summer.

As California’s wildfire seasons grow increasingly fierce, there is an urgent need to build the firefighting workforce of the future.

Cal Fire, the state fire management agency, said it is committed to attracting more women to its ranks. That’s why the agency just hosted a week-long camp for girls — ages 14 to 18 — in Shasta and San Luis Obispo counties.

Camp Cinder helps young women experience what it’s like to be part of the fire service.

“It basically allows them to practice a lot of the skills that we have,” Cal Fire’s Natalie Kerr explained.

The camp equips young women with introductory first response skills.

“It opened my eyes to see a lot more of what Cal Fire does,” said camper River Van Mechelen. “It’s been a while.”

Camp Cinder also helps kids interested in fire service determine if becoming a firefighter is the right path for them.

“It actually really helped me decide if I want to be one,” said camper Caitlin Russell. “And I really do now!”

Each day at Camp Cinder emphasizes different skills.

The girls dress up for wildfire fighting, dig fire lines by hand, handle garden hoses, perform simulated water rescues, practice extrication techniques on vehicles, and tackle active flames.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s a lot of physical work, but it’s great,” Van Mechelen said.

In addition to numerous tests of physical strength and endurance, campers also witness an important example.

“There are other female engineers here; there are other captains here; there are other leaders here,” Kerr said of female leaders across the agency who instruct campers through every activity. “We really want that for the campers here at Camp Cinder. For these young women to look around and recognize that.

The leaders themselves also felt empowered by their participation in the camp.

“It’s just construction. Like, wow! There are plenty of other girls who are capable of doing the job,” said Cal Fire firefighter Alicia Diaz. “It boosts everyone’s morale. It was awesome.

Cal Fire leaders were encouraged by the determination displayed at Camp Cinder, and hopeful, after seeing the promise of future female fire service members.

“It’s so empowering to see all these women here. They’re actually doing what some people say is a man’s job,” Russell said. “I aspire to be like all these women here.”

Camp Cinder sessions are over for this summer, but Cal Fire plans to host Camp Cinder again next summer.

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