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Summer Heat Firecamp for Young Women

The Colorado Springs Fire Department is hosting Summer Heat, Inc.for the SUMMER HEAT 2012: a Firecamp for young women, on July 21, 23-27, 2012. The Camp accommodates 16-24 girls ages 15-19 and offers them a career choice for women, and imparts leadership skills, community spirit, and friendship. Their mission is to introduce young women to the fire service and encourage their pursuit of a career in emergency services, while broadening their problem solving abilities and developing leadership skills.

The girls will undertake a weeklong education in safety, physical exercise and nutrition, and a curriculum that follows the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA). At the completion of camp, the girls will be CPR certified, educated in proper nutrition, have experienced the physical demands and requirements of a firefighter, and hold an appreciation for the fire service industry, active duty firefighters and fallen firefighters.

Through the generous support of local community businesses and volunteers, we are able to offer the Summer Heat Firecamp as a community service that is completely free of charge, aside from a $40 application fee, for up to 24 young women. In addition to the thorough education that the girls will receive, they will also be provided camp t-shirts and daily snacks and lunches.

Summer Heat would like to extend an invitation to young women to apply for this wonderful weeklong experience. Applications and information can be found at Space is limited so apply early – Applications are due July 3, 2012! 

For more information, contact Sunny Smaldino, CSFD Public Communications Supervisor, at (719) 385-7377 or by email at