In the United States, roughly 6,200 women work as full-time, career firefighters and officers, according to a 2021 story from WomenInFire.org.
To help get more women involved in the firefighting industry, one Idaho fire department has been hosting education opportunities to attendees through physical exercises and teamwork tasks.
A recent article from KTVB.com caught up with the Boise, ID Fire Department about its ‘Ignite Bootcamp’ with Ada County Paramedics to raise interest in women joining the fire service career field.
Below is an excerpt from the KTVB.com story.
“The purpose of this boot camp is to inspire, empower and transform career choices by offering groups of women the tools and resources to further their pursuit and understanding of the fire service, in hopes of recruiting more women to the fire service,” Boise Fire wrote in a news release.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, women make up less than 10% of the U.S. Fire Service. Boise Fire said the number of women in fire service is increasing, but there is still a need to create opportunities for women interested in the industry.
“This is an opportunity for women interested in a career in the fire service to see what the job involves and to see what they are capable of. It’s important for women to know they belong in the fire service,” Boise Firefighter/Ignite Founder, Kasey Hochmuht said.
The boot camp at the Boise Fire Training Center included stations of search, ladders, extrication, forcible entry, water supply and advancing hoses. The-two day training continues Sunday.