The Los Angeles Fire Department is hosting a Girls Camp this weekend in hopes of cultivating more interest in firefighting as a career for women.
A hundred teenage girls are being mentored by female fire fighters to learn basic skills, like how use a chainsaw and how to climb up an aerial ladder.
“Many women don’t grow up thinking that this is an option for them,” said Margaret Stewart, a spokesperson for LAFD. “The most powerful statement that we hear from them over and over again is, ‘I didn't think I could do that, and I did.’”
Stewart added that it's important that communities see themselves reflected in the people who serve them.
This is the third camp the Fire Department has hosted in about a year and a half. The department said it plans to continue holding these camps as part of a long-term recruiting effort.