A firefighting camp for women and gender-diverse individuals.
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Applications are open from June 13, 2022 until July 3, 2022 for the September 16-18, 2022 Camp Inspire. 

Edmonton Fire and Rescue Services (EFRS) values diversity. Camp Inspire is intended to increase the representation of gender identities that have been underrepresented in EFRS. We encourage women and gender minorities from all backgrounds and lived experiences to apply before July 3, 2022. 

Please complete both the Application Form and a Personal Protective Equipment/ Clothing Form to apply to participate in Camp Inspire.

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is excited to be offering another Camp Inspire - a firefighting camp designed to promote firefighting as a viable and rewarding career for women and gender-diverse individuals.

Camp Inspire will:

  • Provide an introduction to the fire service in a safe, inclusive way
  • Provide simulated fire ground training
  • Foster leadership skills in a supportive environment
  • Strengthen self-esteem and build confidence
  • Promote the representation of women, and people of gender-diverse communities from all backgrounds, as firefighters

It is an opportunity to work alongside members of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, ask questions and meet others who are interested in the firefighting profession. 

Eligibility Criteria
  • Edmonton Fire and Rescue Services values diversity.  This program is only open to individuals who self-identify as women (cisgender, transgender, non-binary, or two-spirit) as well as women from all other equity deserving groups.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age before the start of camp.
  • Only applicants who have not previously attended Camp Inspire are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must not currently be on the Edmonton Fire Rescue Services’ hiring eligibility list.
Important Information
  • There are no fees/costs to participate in Camp Inspire.
  • Accepted participants will require running shoes for the fitness components. Shorts, sweatpants, socks, t-shirts and a sport bag will be provided.
  • All participants must wear all Personal Protective Equipment provided by Edmonton Fire Rescue Services during the experience evolutions.
  • Participants will be expected to complete the entire camp.
  • Camp Inspire has a limited number of spaces available. Successful applicants will be contacted by July 29, 2022 to confirm acceptance.
  • Upon acceptance to the camp, participants will be sent a formal registration package with additional forms to complete.
  • The camp will be held at Edmonton Fire Rescue Services’ training facility located at 18645 - 106a Ave Avenue NW Edmonton. It may be possible to arrange transportation for you, depending on the circumstances. Please email campinspire@edmonton.ca and describe your needs. Transit information can be found at ETS Trip Planner and ETS Ride Transit Program.
  • Accommodation and child care will not be provided.
  • Camp Inspire will provide water and meals. Please inform Camp staff of any dietary requirements.
  • Edmonton Fire Rescue Services values diversity of ideas, experiences and approaches, and expects that participants of Camp Inspire will foster an environment of inclusion and belonging.
General Application Competencies

Competencies are attributes that are essential for success in a fire service setting, like Camp Inspire. We encourage you to demonstrate how you meet these competencies in your application.

Camp Inspire is a challenging and rewarding experience that goes beyond physical ability. We are seeking candidates who exhibit:

  • A positive outlook
  • Effective communication abilities
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Empathy, kindness, and compassion
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Effective teamwork
  • Mental fortitude, resourcefulness, and resilience
  • A willingness to serve/help others
  • A commitment to personal growth
  • A commitment to fitness

The selection process for Camp Inspire is competitive. Please remember:

  • Written skills are not being evaluated
  • Answers can be brief but should be as specific as possible
  • Please provide examples where appropriate
  • EFRS values your unique voice and lived experience

Medical Clearance

The physical demands of a firefighter are characterized by strength, endurance, coordination, agility and dexterity. 

Participants of Camp Inspire will experience the physical stresses of a firefighter, although to a lesser degree. All activities take place in a supervised and controlled environment where tasks are broken down into manageable segments to avoid overloading the body. 

All scenarios are done in a controlled training atmosphere. A participant may stop, if at any time they do not feel comfortable, and instructors will give additional direction and support. Instructors will stop activities if at any time there appears to be any risk of injury or danger.
 

Physical Demands

The following is a list of factors that will increase the difficulty of the physical demands that are required during tasks:

  • Bunker gear and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) equipment restricts movement, adds weight to the individual and requires an increased physical effort.
  • Equipment used is often heavy and is frequently used in awkward positions. 
  • Environmental conditions such as sun, humidity or rain can add difficulty to tasks, which can cause fluctuations in body temperature and heat stresses.
  • Darkness and/or smoke in a fire scenario decrease visibility, increasing the difficulty of the task.
     
Camp Activities

Participants will take part in a variety of activities during Camp Inspire that include, but are not limited to:

  • Full use of turnout gear and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Search and Rescue techniques with a blacked-out face piece
  • Operating and controlling a hand line
  • High rise operations; stair climb, hook up and operation of a hand line 
  • Aerial climb 
  • Ground ladder set up and climb
  • Auto extrication
  • Personal fitness training
Equipment

Equipment used during Camp Inspire includes, but is not limited to:

  • A variety of sizes and lengths of fire hose (both charged and uncharged) 
  • Axes, pike poles, halligans and sledge hammers 
  • A variety of ladders
  • Personal Protective Equipment weighing approximately 40 lbs 
  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) weighing approximately 30 lbs
     

The Mission of Camp Inspire

To support and empower women and gender diverse communities, from all backgrounds, to enter the fire service. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services strives to provide approachable mentorship and hands-on leadership opportunities in a fire service setting.
 

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