Female firefighter program


Women in the fire service make up three to four per cent of the workforce. Our goal is to help educate young women on careers in firefighting. Our program also mentors women who have completed fire training to become career firefighters.

By educating and providing hands on training, we hope to encourage more young females to take an interest in firefighting and identify a clear pathway for their successful transition in becoming a firefighter.

The female firefighter program is taught by Kitchener Fire Department staff who volunteer their time to help with the program. 

The program includes performing hands-on tasks like; search and rescue, kitchen fires, auto extrication, forcible entry, wellness, fitness, catching hydrants; as well as wearing full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus). 

Participants will have an opportunity to speak to instructors and to ask questions about a career in firefighting, and the education and training required.

Please Note:

Currently our Young Female Fire Program is being revamped and we will be moving to a one week, camp style program starting in the summer of 2020.

The Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) program will be for young women between the ages of 15-19 years old who are interested in a career in firefighting.  We will be updating our information in the early spring regarding the application process and the dates of the program.  The week long camp will allow young women to experience some of the tasks a firefighter performs and is designed to educate about the physical, mental and emotional challenges of the career. 

If you are a woman considering a career in the Fire Service or a student in the pre service fire program and are looking for a mentoring program, please contact FSWO.ca (Fire Service Women Ontario). 

Please check back often for updates to our future programs or subscribe to this page below for a notification when changes are made. Thank you for your interest in a career in firefighting.  We appreciate your patience as we make some great changes and improvements to our programs.


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