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Charlottesville Fire Department to host first-ever Girls’ Fire and Rescue Camp

CharlottesvilleThe Charlottesville Fire Department wants to encourage women to seek career opportunities in the fire and EMS services profession.

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.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.

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