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Grande Prairie Fire Department launches Camp F.I.R.E. for young women and gender-diverse individuals

By City of Grande Prairie   

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Mar. 8, 2024, Grande Prairie, Alta. – The Grande Prairie Fire Department (GPFD) is launching a new initiative called Camp F.I.R.E. to inspire and empower young women and gender-diverse individuals to enter the fire service through hands-on fire service training experience.

Taking place from May 3 to 5, 2024, Camp F.I.R.E. offers participants aged 16 to 20 a unique opportunity to learn about firefighting and personal development. Over the course of three days, attendees will engage in a range of hands-on specialized educational activities such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Mastery, Search and Rescue Operations, Confined Space Strategy and more.

This free camp focuses on Fostering Independence, Resilience, and Empowerment (F.I.R.E.) and is dedicated to breaking down barriers and fostering a supportive environment that cultivates leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills essential for success in the fire service profession or other emergency services positions. It is aligned with City Council’s strategic priority of creating an inclusive, caring community.

The GPFD is grateful for the many community partners and sponsors who are making Camp F.I.R.E. possible.


Brogan Fire & Safety is the official PPE sponsor for Camp F.I.R.E., whose support ensures that participants are equipped with essential safety gear for camp. Additional thanks are extended to Aquatera, Mercanti Granite and Tile, Accu-Tech Car Repair Centre and Windsor Ford whose generous sponsorship is additionally supporting the event

Camp F.I.R.E. has also received $19,650 in granting from the Northwestern Alberta Foundation.

“We are incredibly thankful for the support from the Northwestern Alberta Foundation and our sponsors. Their contributions not only make Camp F.I.R.E. possible but also underline the collective commitment to fostering an inclusive and empowering environment for the next generation. This camp not only provides young individuals with a glimpse into the firefighting profession but also instills in them the values of independence, resilience, and empowerment,” said Mayor Jackie Clayton.

“The GPFD is proud to announce the launch of Camp F.I.R.E. – a groundbreaking initiative aimed at empowering young women to explore careers in firefighting. With a steadfast commitment to inclusivity and diversity, Camp F.I.R.E. seeks to challenge stereotypes and inspire the next generation of female firefighters,” said Phil Tufford, GPFD Chief Training Officer.

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