Girls Fire & Rescue Academy
The Fairfax County Fire Department is excited to announce its Girls Fire and Rescue Academy summer camp taking place from July 17-21, 2017. The Academy is open to female students that are Fairfax County residents, ages 14 and 15, and is completely free of charge to participants. However, participants must provide their own shoes for physical fitness training and black boots as part of the uniform. The Academy will provide a unique insight into life as a Firefighter/EMT to encourage young women to consider the fire service as a career, either after high school or college.
Academy participants will take part in a fun-filled five day academy of physical training, classes, and Fire/EMT simulations. They will also have the chance to interact, ask questions, and even eat dinner with an on-duty crew at a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station to experience the everyday life of a Firefighter/EMT.
Dates: July 17-21, 2017
Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., participants can be dropped off no earlier than 7:30 a.m. and picked up no later than 5:15 p.m. each day. Friday July 21, families will be invited to dinner at a Fire Station at 6 p.m. with a graduation ceremony to follow. Applicants must be able to attend all day every day.
Applicant requirements: 14-15 years old by July 1, 2017
Number of participants: 24
Number of staff: one Female Firefighter assigned to the same four participants throughout the academy. Additional Firefighters will be teaching classroom and hands-on portions.
Applications open June 19 and close when the Academy is full or July 3rd, whichever comes first. There will be no waitlist for next year.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) will provide lunch, snacks, and beverages each day as well as dinner for participants and families on Friday July 21, 2017.
Participants will be required to submit a form indicating the participant’s doctor approves their participation.
Applicants will be encouraged but not forced to participate in all activities. Frequent breaks for rest and rehydration will be required. All activities will be strictly monitored by multiple FRD personnel for the safety of all participants. All rules must be adhered to at all times for the safety of everyone involved with the program.
FRD will provide tee shirts and shorts for morning physical fitness activities.
FRD will provide tee shirts and uniform pants for day time activities.
Participants will need to wear black tennis shoes for physical fitness and day time activities.
FRD will provide all safety gear.