PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than a dozen women got a hands-on look at what it takes to be a firefighter at a boot camp aimed to encourage them to join the profession.
The first-ever Fire-Up Bootcamp was held July 20 and 21 at the Gaston Fire District. Sixteen women got to try using hydraulic tools to cut cars, deploy hose lines to extinguish fires, carry and raise ladders, connect to fire hydrants and more.
Organizers wanted the event to show women — who are underrepresented in the firefighting community — that they do it.
“We want to show women and everyone that they are extremely capable,” Alia Hoshall with Hillsboro Fire and Rescue said. “We also want to show women that they are included and welcome into this profession as well.”
The whole thing is run by female firefighters from several local agencies.
Look for more on Fire-Up Bootcamp in an upcoming edition of Jennifer Hoff’s Women Crush Wednesday.