Photo by Janet George

CAMP BLAZE

 

Our history

The first Fire Service Mini Camp was hosted by San Diego Fire and Life Safety in July of 1999. The team leaders worked together to form the organization "BLAZE: Firecamp for Young Women" to provide an annual, free camp - Camp Blaze - where young women could experience what a career in the fire service might be like.  In 2003, the Board of Directors made a decision to offer Camp Blaze as a biennial event.  In addition to Camp Blaze, the organization now offers Women & Fire training events in the off-year from Camp Blaze. Women & Fire offers a day of hands-on drills and instruction for women in the fire service as well as a day of professional development related to the goals of Camp Blaze. Both events are hosted in the Pacific Northwest.


The girls who came into this camp and the girls who are leaving are not the same.
We go by the same names, and we may look the same, but we are stronger, smarter and more compassionate. But more than anything we are ready. We are ready to reach out, to be ourselves, to take care of each other, and to put some ‘wet on the red’, whether we want to be firefighters or not.
— Mia Garcia, 2014

Camp Blaze also provides:

Camp Blaze skills and training offered:

  • Lodging for seven days/nights
  • Secure campus and oversight
  • T-shirts, shorts and sweatshirt for each camper
  • Bunker gear for each camper (for use at camp)
  • Meals and snacks, accommodating dietary restriction
  • Laundry services
  • Transportation to/from SEA/TAC airport
  • Leadership curriculum
  • Team-building
  • Fire behavior instruction
  • Use of self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Live fire training
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Application of portable fire extinguishers
  • Hose handling
  • Ladders, including aerial ladder climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Search and rescue
  • Interviewing skills
  • Self defense
  • CPR & First aid