Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) is a week-long program that aims to show young women that firefighting is a viable career option. From a pool of applicants, 20 participants are selected to receive the same hands-on training they’d face as firefighters.
Throughout the week, the young women learn about performing search and rescue, fire attack methods, using portable extinguishers, and countless other skills they may one day help them save a life.
Becky Mather is 19 years old and has been wanting to attend the camp since last year, however her position on UOttawa’s rowing team forced a change of plans. After finally being to make it out this year, Mather says, “it’s exactly what I was looking for… to get some of the confidence to get into this career which I think would be amazing”.
As for the overall impact of the camp, coordinators say since it’s launch in London 4 years ago, more women have considered and pursued a post-secondary education in fire services.
London Firefighter, Allison Vickerd, has been committed to helping out with Camp FFIT for some time now and adds that her favourite part about the whole week is seeing participants grow from being scared and intimidated to becoming willing and able.
More information on Camp FITT and how to apply for next year can be found on the City of London’s website.