Female firefighter program

Suburbs

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. Participants meet one night a month during the week from 6-8 p.m. The program is free to females aged 14-19.

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.

To learn more about the program contact Stacey Hemstock or Lydia Wilcox.

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