Female first responders camp aims to inspire young Lanark County women

A young woman firefighter in action. – Photo via Pexels

The Lanark County Female First Responders Camp (LCFFRC) is offering a complimentary, immersive experience designed for young women aged 15-20 who self-identify as female. This program serves as an engaging introduction to first responder careers including firefighting, law enforcement and paramedic services.

The camp will take place on the evening of Oct. 13 and the full day on Oct. 14. It’s led by Lanark County fire departments, in collaboration with Ontario Provincial Police, Smiths Falls Police Services and LCPS. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1.

“The goal is to provide a glimpse into firefighting, paramedics, and law enforcement and encourage young women to see these as viable career opportunities,” explains Paramedic Superintendent Amanda Taylor. “This is the first year we’ve been involved in the camp and we are looking forward to the weekend.” 

During the two-day event, participants will engage in various hands-on activities. They will learn to properly wear and remove personal protective equipment, practice essential search and rescue techniques, master the art of connecting fire hydrants and gain knowledge in basic first aid and emergency scene management. Additionally, the camp includes physical fitness training and more interactive sessions.

Working closely with Lanark County’s dedicated first responders, attendees will not only develop crucial skills, but also explore local experiences in these fields. The program aims to inspire participants by showcasing fulfilling career opportunities within their community.

To learn more and fill out the application, visit the Town of Perth’s website.

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