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Richmond student learns firefighting from the ground up

Don Fennell   Aug-14-2018

Richmond Fire-Rescue fire chief Tim Wilkinson and Fire & Life safety educator William Heng hand over firefighting equipment to Richmond resident Kayla Blossom for Camp Ignite 2018.

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Kayla Blossom got a rare glimpse into a possible future career last week.

The Richmond high school student spent four days at Camp Ignite, where girls in grades 11 and 12 were given an introduction to the world of firefighting and emergency response. Each participant also learned about fitness, nutrition, health and teamwork.

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“With over 200 fire personnel at Richmond Fire-Rescue, we invite an inclusive and diverse workforce. Firefighting is a rewarding career and Camp Ignite is a unique opportunity to empower young women to learn more about the fire service and consider firefighting as a career in the future,” said fire chief Tim Wilkinson. “Not only does this camp teach and introduce firefighting skills, it also teaches valuable soft skills that will be beneficial in any career.”

Blossom is the first Richmond-sponsored candidate to attend the annual camp, now in its eighth year. She qualified by completing an extensive interview process along with a written submission detailing a mentor that has inspired her in her life. She joined other successful candidates from several B.C. municipalities.

The camp took place at locations throughout the Lower Mainland, including the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services training facility, YWCA, Grouse Grind and other fitness facilities.


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