Livingston County firefighting camp looks to find next generation of women firefighters
BRIGHTON, Mich. – Few jobs are more dangerous or as adrenaline-pumping than that of a firefighter.
The job has gotten significantly more complicated over the years; it's more than just hoses and ladders now. Lots of high-tech equipment and computers are involved.
Another change has been slow to come, but it is happening.
In Brighton, a summer camp was held for high school girls that put the teens through a fire crew boot camp. Girls on Fire is only three days, but it gives the teens a glimpse into the job to see if it's right for them.
Over the course of the camp, the girls get CPR certification, leadership training and lots of hands-on training with real fire equipment.
Firefighting as a career is historically a man's world. Nationwide, women represent only five percent of all firefighters, but that percentage is growing.
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