A Boston Herald article published this week introduces us to Camp Bailout, a day camp west of Boston where girls who want to pursue a career in firefighting can go to learn about the skills needed for a promising career as a first responder.
Lyn Moraghan, a lieutenant with the Ashland Fire Department, wanted to give girls the feel for what a firefighting career entails, and founded the camp in 2011. At Camp Bailout, young women receive guidance and mentorship from women who have chosen firefighting as their profession.
As of 2014, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that about 7 percent of U.S firefighters are women. The camp does not teach the girls how to run into burning buildings but rather focuses on how to use a fire extinguisher, the handling of a powerful fire hose, and water rescue strategies, among other critical fire and emergency response skills. Female campers also learn about the reality of 24-hour shifts, time away from their family, and the importance of ongoing training.
This is not the only all-girl camp that provides firefighting training according to Kim Cox, executive director of the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services. The organization lists eight more camps on its website.
Camp Bailout is a great place to start for girls who are passionate about firefighting and interested in pursuing a career as a first responder.