Camp Fury gives Tucson girls firefighting experience

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Summer vacation means summer camp for many Tucson kids. 

One program offered by the Tucson Fire Department offers a special group of girls more than just arts and crafts or sports, but a chance to test their character as well as their body and mind.

The 14 girls that have signed up to take part in Camp Fury are getting trained as any normal fire recruit would, but all of their teachers are women firefighters.

"We started this camp 2 years ago really the purpose was to introduce girls to firefighting women represent less than four percent of the paid firefighting workforce in this country," said Northwest Fire Division Cheif Cheryl Horvath.

For four days, the campers will be put to the test.

"Putting on the respirators and the backpacks that that they wear and we've been doing ladders and stuff with hoses," said Chief Horvath.

With one day down and three to go, things are a bit challenging for the girls.

"Yeah, it's pretty tough.  Especially out here in the hot sun it gets pretty hard after a while, but we drink a lot of water which helps," said camper Kelsey Boelts.

The camp counselors are hoping the camp will help the group with self-confidence and respect.  And maybe, just maybe, consider a job with the fire department.

"We've had a couple of the graduates that have gone on and gotten their firefighter one and two.  I am certain that we will have at least a handful of girls that are going to be on a fire department locally in the future," said Horvath.

Camper Kelsey may be one of those future fire fighters.

"Probably.  It kind of depends on if I like it.  This is my first time experiencing firefighting.  But I like it a lot so far," said Boelts.

Camp Fury will conclude on Saturday with a fire training test and a graduation.