Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire is hosting its first Girls Fire Camp this month.
Open to girls ages 15 to 18, the event aims to help young women kickstart their careers as firefighters or community leaders, Pittsburgh officials said.
Participants will learn from experienced women in the field what it takes to become a firefighter. Topics covered will include 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,” said Fire Inspector and Fire Prevention Officer Lisa Epps-Cuda. “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.”