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Camp Phoenix is set to launch this summer from July 13-17, 2022 and is open to receiving applications from young women between the ages of 14-18 years.


“Our goal is simple; to encourage the next generation of female fire professionals with a unique camp experience,” shared Fire Chief Geoff Hayman.


The County of Brant is currently home to more than 39,000 residents, eight (8) fire stations including Paris, Airport, Burford, Cainsville, Mount Pleasant, Onondaga, Scotland and St. George and 185 firefighters.


”Only 5% of career firefighters in Canada are women. We’re aiming to inspire more women to consider a career in the fire service,” adds Hayman. “The County currently has 13 talented, professional female firefighters and we see this number increasing in the years ahead.”


The County of Brant Fire Department will host its first five-day free immersive camp for girls aged 14-18 years. Camp Phoenix is designed to simulate real-life scenarios in all areas of fire prevention and suppression, search and rescue, forcible entry, auto extrication, basic first aid and more. Campers will also receive empowering interactions from people in all areas of the fire service, not just firefighting, through learning lunches which will welcome a new guest speaker every day.


“And just as the Phoenix rose from the ashes, she too will rise” is a quote from Shannen Heartz and has quickly become the camp’s mantra.


Camp Phoenix is organized and staffed by volunteer firefighters from the County of Brant Fire Department and funded by valued community sponsors. If interested in sponsoring a camper or donating to Camp Phoenix, please visit www.brant.ca/CampPhoenix.


For more information on Camp Phoenix or the application process, visit www.brant.ca/CampPhoenix or join the County of Brant Firefighters for an Open House on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Open House takes place at the Cainsville Station, 17 Ewart Avenue in Cainsville (behind Peavey Mart). A presentation, demonstrations and an opportunity for students and guardians to interact with staff and ask questions will be available.


For application questions, visit: www.brant.ca/CampPhoenix or call 519.44BRANT x 4540. Space is limited.

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