Tucson girls get a feel for firefighting
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Dani Hawley, 17, has a splint wrapped on her arm by Southwest Ambulance's Cheyenne Harris as fellow campers Katie Bradford, Taylor Adams and Lindsey Westbrooks watch. During their EMT portion of the camp, girls were given an overview in the Heimlich maneuver for children and infants, and learned how to apply pressure to wounds and to splint broken bones.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, In groups of two, firefighting campers trudged through a water- and mud-filled pit while trying to keep their water stream aimed at tires Friday afternoon.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Rachel Ward gets some last-minute instructions from one of the many female firefighters running the camp. The 14 girls who participated in the camp traveled to the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council Hacienda Program Center on Saturday for a day-long water rescue course.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Taylor Adams, left, and Lindsey Westbrooks crawl through the dark within a fire training building while following a hose. The exercise was used to simulate what firefighters do when they lose visibility in a smoke-filled room.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Assistant Northwest Fire Chief Cheryl Horvath watches as 15-year-old Emily Page, right, and 15-year-old Rachel Ward work together to raise a ladder last Friday as part of a 3-day camp. Fourteen girls ranging in ages from 14 to 17 traveled to the Tucson Fire Department's training facility to learn what it takes to become a firefighter. For more, see page 8 of this week's edition.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Thirteen-year-old Esly Servin makes her way up the ladder at the Tucson Fire Department's training facility last Friday. Northwest Fire/ Rescue and Tucson Fire Departments hosted the 3-day camp.