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PITTSBURGH, PA (July 29, 2022) – This August, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire will host the first Girls Fire Camp in the City of Pittsburgh.
PBF invites girls between 15 and 18 years old to jumpstart their career as firefighters and community leaders by learning alongside experienced women in the field.
Only 20 applicants will be selected for the inaugural camp and all applicants must be residents of the City of Pittsburgh.
Participants will get a well-rounded, real-life look at what it takes to become a firefighter while learning about topics that will fuel empowerment such as fitness and nutrition, emergency medical care, fire science leadership and self-confidence.
“Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire recognized the need to close the gender gap that currently exists by confronting gender stereotypes and encouraging women to seek out the fire service as a viable career option. Firefighters engage with the entire community, so bringing in people of different backgrounds, genders and perspectives enhances our department's ability to better service our city,” said Fire Inspector and Fire Prevention Officer Lisa Epps-Cuda.
“Our hope is that this camp’s focus on encouraging and empowering young women reflects an effort to change a profession in which women are under-represented. We aim to shift the existing trend from traditional “boys’ club” to one that is inclusive to women and minorities.”
The application deadline is August 8, 2022. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 12.
The application can be accessed here.