Camp introduces girls to careers in firefighting

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) --  There will be no gathering around campfires for Girl Scouts at Chesapeake Fire Station 2 this week.

Instead campers will learn about putting out fires and much more.

For the second year, the Chesapeake Fire Department hosts Camp Fury Chesapeake. The camp, offered in partnership with Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, offers girls an opportunity to immerse themselves in firefighting and emergency preparedness.

Monday, campers will take part in learning experiences and challenges, including an aerial ladder climb, forcible entry training, and water supply tactics. They also will learn first-aid and how to manage hose lines.

Activities during the remainder of the week include learning search-and-rescue skills and fire extinguisher training. Campers will tour Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, get a visit from Nightingale, and hear from guest speakers from NASA and the U.S. Navy.

The goal of Camp Fury is to introduce girls to firefighting as a career and give girls the chance to connect with women who work in fields typically dominated by men. It also gives girls the opportunity to try new things and build self-confidence and teamwork skills.

Firefighter Paramedic Mandy George with the Chesapeake Fire Department brought the camp to Chesapeake. George volunteered at Camp Fury Hampton for three years and wanted to create a similar opportunity for girls on the Southside.

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