CAMP FFIT SARNIA
Female Firefighters In Training
July 15th -19th, 2019
Lambton College Fire School
459 LaSalle Line
Corunna, ON N7T 7H5
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS UNTIL MAY 15, 2019
Camp FFIT is a remarkable, week-long training opportunity and is one of very few such programs offered in North America. The training is valuable, yet extremely intense and physically demanding. Participants must be prepared to work hard each day. In order to maintain a safe and productive environment, proper rest, hydration and nutrition is vital.
The physical demands of a firefighter are characterized by strength, endurance, coordination, agility and dexterity. Participants of Camp FITT will experience the physical stresses of a firefighter, although to a lesser degree. All activities take place in a supervised and controlled environment. Tasks are broken down into manageable segments to avoid overloading the body. All scenarios are done in a controlled training atmosphere. A camper 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.
The following list is a list of factors that will increase the difficulty of the physical demands that are required during tasks:
- Turn out gear and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) equipment restricts movement, adds weight to the individual and requires an increased respiratory effort while wearing the SCBA.
- 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.
- Darkness and/or smoke in a fire scenario decrease visibility, increasing the difficulty of the task.
Activities participants will take part in during Camp FITT include but are not limited to:
- Full use of turnout gear and 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 testing
Equipment used during Camp FITT includes, but is not limited to:
- Variety of sizes and lengths of hose (charged and uncharged)
- Axes, pike poles, haligans, sledge hammers
- Variety of ladders
- Personal Protective Equipment (weighing approximately 50 lbs)
- SCBA weighing approximately 30 lbs
- Applicants must not have reached their 20th birthday, but must be 15 years old by July 15, 2019.
- Applicants must possess a valid OHIP or Provincial Health Card (out of province) before July 15, 2019.
- Accepted participants will be required to provide their own CSA-approved steel toe boots and leather work gloves to be worn during all fire ground activities, and running shoes for fitness components. All participants must also wear all Personal Protective Equipment provided by Camp FFIT.
- Camp FFIT is a closed campus and participants, regardless of age, are not permitted to leave the Training Grounds until the end of daily activities.
- Due to safety, spectators will not be allowed on the Training Grounds until pick-up time. Parents/guardians will be able to see all aspects of the program at Friday’s graduation through a tour and photo slideshow.
- Participants are responsible for their own transportation and, for out-of-town participants, accommodations throughout the week of the program.
- Please note: applying to Camp FFIT does not guarantee you a spot as there are only 20 spaces in the program.
- All applicants will be notified about their status in the program via email by May 31, 2019.
- Upon acceptance, participants will be sent a formal registration package with additional forms and a payment request in the amount of $150. This payment will cover all activities, a Camp FFIT t-shirt and Friday’s lunch prepared by Sarnia Firefighters. Financial assistance is available… Payment details will be included in the formal registration package, if accepted into the program.
- Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend the Celebration Ceremony to be held Friday July 19, 2019. Details about the ceremony will be sent with the formal registration package.
- Any questions can be directed to Kim Lucier (email@example.com) or Hannah Welch (firstname.lastname@example.org)