Teen girls will find out what it's like to be a firefighter at a national camp at Bellevue's fire training facility next week.
At Camp Blaze, 24 girls and women (ages 16 to 19) considering careers in firefighting have a full-immersion experience, including rappeling buildings and fighting a tanker fire. Their teachers include top women firefighters from around the country.
The camp, which occurs every other year, will be at both Bellevue’s fire department training facility and the State Fire Training Academy in North Bend. The Bellevue and Seattle fire departments are both supporting the program.
In 2001, nine female firefighters from across the country, including two from Seattle, started Camp Blaze. The firefighters wanted to encourage and nurture confidence and strength in girls who could pursue careers in firefighting. Today there are five camps across North America.
Return to News Release Index