This week, the Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services is running a camp to introduce teenage girls to firefighting.

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The camp aims to give the girls an introduction to the job in hopes that they might consider it a future career path. Twenty girls aged 15 to 19 will be allowed to participate, and it will be led by Shelli Varela, the captain of the Mississauga Fire Department.

The girls will learn basic firefighting skills and rescue techniques. Varela said that she intended the program to be for females because she wants to prove that firefighting isn't just a career option for males. In fact, this year, the top graduates from Toronto's firefighting school were women, so female firefighters are indeed a growing trend.


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