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Camp Molly Quinte returns this summer

After a successful inaugural year, Camp Molly Quinte will return for its second year from July 13 to 16.

The four-day camp will give 35 young women the opportunity to get an inside look at a career in fire and emergency services. Participants will rotate through a series of activities based on Firefighter Level 1 training, such as Fire Investigation & Fire Dynamics, Medical Scenarios, Auto Extrication, Firefighter Survival & Forcible Entry, and more.

With Feb. 1 marking the start of Black History Month, it is important to recognize Molly Williams as the namesake for the camp. Molly was a slave in 1818 when she became the first female firefighter with Oceanus Engine Co. 11, in Lower Manhattan. After all the male firefighters became sick with influenza, Molly answered the call to duty and was recognized for her strength and resiliency. Her incredible story has been memorialized into the children’s novel, “Molly, By Golly!” and over 200 years later, Molly Williams continues to be known as a trailblazer in the field of firefighting. Camp Molly aims to carry on her legacy by inspiring other firewomen.

Camp Molly Quinte is a joint initiative between Belleville Fire and Emergency Services and Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services. Applications for this year’s camp will open March 1. Applicants must be aged 15 to 18, identify as female and attend a local school. Those interested and eligible are encouraged to stay tuned to for more information. Be sure to follow Camp Molly Quinte on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #CampMollyQuinte to join the conversation.

“This event is an opportunity for participants to learn about what it’s like to be a part of the fire service in a fun, engaging and hands-on way,” said Belleville Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services Monique Belair. “It helps develop confidence and show these young women that there is a place for them in the emergency services sector. I was so pleased with the success we had bringing the camp to the region last year and look forward to the opportunity it will provide this year’s participants.”

"Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services is honoured to host this event for a second year in collaboration with the City of Belleville," says Quinte West Deputy Fire Chief Rick Caddick. "We are pleased to welcome young women back to the Hastings - Prince Edward Regional Training Center to encourage them and empower them for a career in Fire and Emergency Services."

Be prepared to be challenged, empowered and to change the way you see yourself.

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