A firefighting camp for women and gender diverse communities

Applications are now closed. If you would like to receive updates about future Camp Inspire dates and other opportunities, please send an email to campinspire@edmonton.ca with a subject line of "Add Me."

We welcome diversity and encourage applications from women and gender-diverse individuals who self-identify as LGBTQ2IA+, BIPOC, and/or as belonging to other underrepresented communities.

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

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 out alongside members of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, ask questions and meet others who are interested in the firefighting profession. The next camp is scheduled for September 17-19, 2021.  

Eligibility Criteria
  • 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.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age by June 1, 2021.
  • Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is committed to building a diverse and inclusive service. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from women and gender diverse individuals who self-identify as LGBTQ2IA+, BIPOC and/or as belonging to other underrepresented communities. Self-identification is voluntary and kept confidential within the selection team; however, lived experience as a member of these communities is considered an asset.
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 June 7, 2021 to confirm acceptance.
  • In the event of having to postpone Camp Inspire due to COVID-19, alternate dates will most likely be arranged for September 2021.
  • Upon acceptance to the camp, participants will be sent a formal registration package complete with additional forms.
  • 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 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.