Camp FFIT is the flagship camp for Fire Service Women Ontario (FSWO) and was the catalyst to the creation of the organization. The camp was developed by Ottawa Fire Services as a grassroots recruitment tool, one of many outreach activities coordinated to target demographic groups with low applicant rates.
The camp offers a unique introduction to a career in the fire service to young women. The camp offers a glimpse into the physical, mental and emotional challenges of the career. The Camp curriculum is similar to what can be found in many professional fire departments, simplified and shortened to give the young women an opportunity to complete as many evolutions as possible. The girls take part in physical fitness training, learn about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), and fire ground skills such as ventilation, search and rescue, hose control, proper carrying techniques and use of ladders, extrication, rappelling and tying knots.
Camp FFIT has been recognized as a ground breaking, award winning program, winning the City Manager's Award of Excellence, the highest honour bestowed upon a City of Ottawa employee, nominated for a Diversity award, awarded the Mayor's Agent of Change Commemorative Coin and recognized by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) as part of the award winning Fire and Paramedic Services Diversity program.
Camp FFIT and members of Fire Service Women Ontario have helped to support the creation of camps in many other communities. For more information about Ottawa’s Camp FFIT, please contact email@example.com.