Fifty teenage girls will learn what it takes to be a firefighter at a new camp in Olympia this weekend.
The Capital Metro Fire Girls Camp will show the campers, girls between 14 and 18 years old, what it takes to be a firefighter. They'll handle a fire hose and rappel off a training structure.
It’s free thanks to volunteers, donated supplies, and facilities.
Patterned after Camp Blaze, a week-long camp held around the country in larger cities, organizers decided to shorten it to two days and bring it to Olympia.
Organizers said the camp is a way to reach out to young women and to expose them to the firefighting.
But don’t call it a recruiting tool, said Lacey firefighter EMT and camp co-coordinator Crystal Murphy.
“It’s more of a mentorship, guidance for our young women,” said Murphy.
Nearly 75 volunteers, mostly female firefighters, will run the camp on August 26 and 27.
“We know what it’s like to be a teenage girl; we know the insecurities that come with that,” said Murphy, “We know the doubt that comes with that.”
Murphy said women only make up 4 percent of the firefighting workforce.