Our Fire Camp is a one week live in program during spring break where grade 11 and 12 students are introduced to fire and emergency services. Since its start in 2004, over 200 youth have received hands on training in CPR, ladders, fire extinguisher use, auto extrication, rope rescue and leadership skills.
After graduating from the program, students earn career credit towards graduation and an opportunity to apply at their local fire departments as junior member. Fire Camp provides valuable fire and life safety education, while also engaging and supporting youth in an introduction to volunteer firefighting for the District 69 fire departments.
FIRE CAMP 2023 – COMPLETED!
AGES: Students Grade 11-12
DATE: March 19 – 25, 2023
LOCATION: Qualicum Beach Fire Station, 130 Rupert Rd E.
COST: $100.00 per student
Costs covers: camp clothing, meals, and banquet dinner. The fire department supplies all the personal protective equipment except the steel toe boots that each cadet must provide for themselves.
FIRE CAMP SCHEDULE
The camp runs for seven days, each day begins at 6:00 AM with scheduled activities finishing at 9:00pm. The cadets are housed in the fire station in male and female barracks. After starting each day with a physical fitness component, they move to hands on firefighting equipment training, team building exercises, and presentation for other emergency services which include: Police, Paramedics, Search and Rescue. The cadets are also responsible in assisting in the meal preparation for the other cadets.
The instructors for the camp are all experienced fire service professionals from fire departments within District 69. During the week participants have opportunities to work on their leadership, public speaking, and presentation skills in addition to the hands on and physical training.
HOW TO REGISTER
Registration for the March 2023 Fire Camp will open in late 2022, with applications and information packages available through the career center at both Kwalikum and Ballenas Secondary Schools.
Fire Camp is a “game changing” opportunity for our local youth to be exposed to the exciting world of emergency services. I can’t speak highly enough about the real-life experiences that simply change the career path of many of the participants. My advice … just do it!
Fire Camp not only gave great insight into the fire service but also taught me many life skills in leadership, accountability, discipline, and teamwork, which I still use to this day within the fire service and my career outside the fire service. If you’re looking to push your comfort zone, have a lot of fun and see what it takes to be a firefighter, give it a try.
Fire Camp opened my eyes to a career in emergency services. I learned how rewarding it is to be part of a team and push myself. The camp led me to join QBFD as a volunteer firefighter. I even got to help instruct future Fire Camps so other youth could experience it. Today I am a part of Calgary Fire Department and a member of the Technical Rescue Team. I am constantly reminded of how my training and time with QBFD set me up for a successful and safe career.