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Summer Camp With Helmets And Axes: Rogue Girls Fire Camp

Rogue Girls Fire Camp
Rogue Girls Fire Camp

We've gotten past some of the thinking about gender-specific jobs in our culture. Nobody is surprised by a woman doctor or lawyer now.

But a firefighter? If women firefighters were more common, there might not be a Rogue Girls Fire Camp, convening for the second time ever this week (August 20-22).

The camp brings young women ages 16-20 together to get a taste of firefighting as a possible career.

We visit with Ashley Manning, Engineer/Paramedic, Ashland Fire & Rescue, and Samantha Metheny, Deputy Fire Marshal, Medford Fire Department, to talk about the kinds of things the women learn.

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