News release

Teen Girls Learn from the Best During Camp Ignite 2018

Entertainment and activities | July 19, 2018

For the third consecutive year, 20 teen girls will learn what is involved in a potential career in firefighting. Beginning on July 30, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) will host Camp Ignite, the training camp focused on giving campers hands-on firefighting experience.

During the five-day camp, teen girls will have the opportunity to perform real-world fire activities. Auto extrication, putting out car fires, rappelling down walls and search and rescue techniques are all on the boot camp agenda.

Camp Ignite is led by Captain Shelli Varela. Varela was 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
L5N 7C3

July 30 to August 3, 2018

Camp Details:
Although the camp runs every day, optimal media days are outlined below.

Tuesday, July 31

  • Auto extrication overview and demonstration

Wednesday, August 1

  • Search and rescue
    Maze activities
  • Ladder training

Thursday, August 2

  • High angle demonstration
    Rappel training
    Hydrant practice

Media Interviews:
Interviews can be arranged with Mississauga Fire Chief  Tim Beckett, Captain Shelli Varela and/or camp participants by contacting Lindsay Noronha, details below.

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


Media Contact:
City of Mississauga Media Relations
905-615-3200, ext. 5232
TTY: 905-896-5151