Howard County Fire & Rescue recently hosted a weekend-long camp aimed to teach middle school-age girls basic EMT and firefighter skills. The camp was held at the county’s Public Safety Training Center in Marriottsville.
Over a dozen young girls were taught how to extinguish fires, sweep buildings to search for victims, dress in turnout gear, break down and re-rack a fire hose to a fire engine. Participants also earned their CPR certification during the crash course, a modified version of the training recruits complete before working for the department.
The girls were divided into squads and responded to mock emergencies to put their new skills to the test. They dressed fake wounds, doused out a fire and entered a building on fire to search for and rescue victims, mannequins in this case.
Women are still the minority, but it is becoming more common to see women working alongside each other during shifts.