Denver Fire camp encourages girls to pursue career in firefighting

Posted at 4:30 AM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 09:01:56-04

DENVER — A group of young girls is heading to camp this week to learn all about a career in firefighting. The Denver Fire Department is putting on the Career Exploration Camp, offering training and experience to kids funded by grants.

Attendees are going through confidence building exercises in the classroom and getting outside to train. The girls are climbing ladders into high-rise windows, putting out fires, working with the hose and much more. There will also be a co-ed camp offered next week for both boys and girls.

There is also a group of young women attending an academy this week to learn about careers in public safety. The 16 to 18-year-olds are in the middle of a three-day Young Women Xplore Academy at the Aims Community College Campus in Windsor.

Students are taking CPR classes, learning about fire behavior and using hoses. They are also participating in hands-on activities including ladder operations training, repelling and a live fire demonstration at Aims' training facility and burn house. They will be put to the test on the final day of the academy on Thursday to test what they have learned over the past few days. Students will also receive certificates at the conclusion of the academy.