Girls Head to Camp to Learn Firefighter Skills

A summer camp designed to teach teenage girls the basic skills of becoming a firefighter or paramedic, kicked off Friday in East Granby.

National and state certified instructors, many of them female, will teach the teens CPR for children and adults.

On Friday, each teen was given a rope and learned how to tie eight different knots that firefighters use on the job for everything from securing cars at a crash to rescuing someone in a river.

As the weeks go on, they will learn about dispatching and they will become familiar with the tools and techniques firefighters use such as hoses, ladders and extinguishers.

It is a four-week camp held every Friday, designed to inspire young teenage girls to consider jobs in public service.

“The sky is the limit for these young ladies. They’re going to learn some major life skills and it’s real important for me to make sure they understand they are so capable and no one can tell them no,” said Lt. Shelly Carter, with the Hartford Fire Department.

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