Md. Fire Department to Hold Two Girls Fire Camp Sessions
Marriottsville, MD—The St. Florian's Brigade of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) will host two camp sessions in July for young women, ages 8 through 16, who are interested in learning more about the fire service and what it takes to become a firefighter. This 1st Alarm Girls Fire Camp will be held at the Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) in Marriottsville on July 8 and 9 for ages 8 through 11, and an additional session on July 29 and 30 for ages 12 through 16.
“This camp provides a unique opportunity for girls to learn about what our firefighters do and how they serve the community,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “I believe they will benefit tremendously from the comradery and life-saving training.”
Daily activities will include a live burn demonstration, team building exercises, a scavenger hunt, presentations from the Office of the Fire Marshal, a station visit, CPR training, how to use a fire extinguisher, a trip to the Emergency Operations Center and more. The schedule will be 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. After the camp has concluded, each child will receive a certificate of completion at the graduation ceremony. Family and friends are encouraged to attend the graduation.
“Essential parts of a diverse fire service include teamwork and responsibility,” said Fire Chief John S. Butler. “Hopefully these young women will carry some of the lessons learned at camp into their everyday lives. Maybe we’ll even see some of them back here in Howard County when they’re ready to start their careers or volunteer as firefighters and paramedics.”
Photos of the event will be posted to the department's Facebook page following the camps. For additional information please visit https://www.howardcountymd.gov/GirlsFireCamp or call 410-313-6039.