The department is hosting its first Girls’ Fire and Rescue Camp beginning on July 26. The four-day camp is the first of its kind in the department’s 166-year history.
Members of the department came up with the idea when exploring opportunities to have a more diverse workforce in the department.
The department is already making some strides since Hezedean Smith joined the department in 2020 as the city’s first black fire chief.
- When Smith was hired, only three females were in the department.
- The fire department has hired 9 female firefighter since then
- Females currently represent 15 percent of the firefighter rank workforce
During the camp, participants will learn firefighting and emergency medical services skills.