Rockford Fire Department hosts first girls fire camp

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Adding more women to Rockford’s Fire Department's next generation.That's the message behind the Second Alarm Girls Fire Camp.

Over 20 girls from ages nine to thirteen sign up for Rockford Fire Department's first ever all girls youth fire camp. The girls get a hands on experience with real life fire equipment. They have the chance to use the water hoses, climb the ladder, race to put on fire gear, and make fire prevention home plans.

"Our biggest goal for this camp is to just let them know this career path is an option for them. It is as simple as that. It is just simple as if they choose to they can be a firefighter, they can be a paramedic and introducing it to these girls at an young age is important,” said firefighter and paramedic for the Rockford Fire Department Sheena Able.

The Rockford Fire Department is hoping to make the youth camp an annual event. They also hope to add a boys youth camp in the future.