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Camp Ignite Empowers Teen Girls with Firefighting and Leadership Skills

Jul 04, 2019

Camp Ignite is returning for its fourth year and this time, there’s an added leadership component. From July 15 to 19, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) is hosting a five-day camp for teenage girls ages 15 to 19. The camp will provide an introduction to the world of firefighting and inspire them to follow their dreams.

In addition to learning various skills in auto extrication, wall rappelling and forcible entry throughout the camp, the teens will also learn about teamwork, nutrition and health.

Every morning will start with a motivational talk to empower the girls throughout the day. On Friday, July 19, youth motivational speaker Joe Beckman will talk about kindness, inclusion and connection.

Camp Ignite is led by Captain Shelli Varela – Mississauga’s first female firefighter and fire captain.

Camp Ignite Details

Teenaged girls ages 15 to 19 working with members of MFES

Garry W. Morden Centre
7535 Ninth Line
Mississauga, ON

July 15 to 19, 2019
The camp runs daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo Opportunity Details

Tuesday, July 16
• Hydrant hits (Securing water source to fire truck) – 10 a.m. to noon
• Auto extrication training – 2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17
• Fire extinguisher training – 10:30 a.m. to noon
• Maze activities (crawling through maze with equipment) – 1 to 4 p.m.
• Search and rescue with smoke machine – 1 to 4 p.m.
• Forcible entry – 1 to 4 p.m.
• Wire entanglement training – 1 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 18
• High angle rappelling – 1 to 4 p.m.
• Live car fire – 1 to 4 p.m.
• Forcible entry – 1 to 4 p.m.

Media Interviews:
Interviews can be arranged with Mississauga Fire Chief Tim Beckett, Captain Shelli Varela, Joe Beckman and/or camp participants by contacting Catherine Nguyen-Pham - details below.

Stay updated on the Camp Ignite activities by following @MississaugaFES on Twitter.


Media Contact:
Catherine Nguyen-Pham
Communications Co-ordinator
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5334
TTY: 905-896-5151