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Young women participate in career-forming summer camp

Friday, July 5, 2013 (Halifax, NS) – Two dozen young women from across HRM are about to open their eyes to a potential career as a first-responder.

Camp Courage immerses females aged 15-19 into the exciting and challenging careers of firefighting, policing, and paramedicine. The eight-day camp (July 7-14) shatters stereotypes surrounding these male-dominated careers, and shows impressionable teens that they too can excel in these professions.

The ultimate goal is for the young women to leave with a sense of empowerment and the confidence to believe they can achieve any goal, career, or dream they desire.

In the seven years since this unique camp started, more than 30 young women have embarked on careers as a first-responder – some of the women were trailblazers in their community. Many credit Camp Courage for showing them that it is a realistic goal to aim for a career as a first-responder.

The media is invited to witness (and even participate if you so choose) this one-of-a-kind camp experience first-hand throughout the week, as the young women tackle everything from firefighting, to crime-scene investigations, and what to do in a medical emergency.

For more about Camp Courage check out the website (

Camp Schedule: (Each day runs from 8am to 5pm)

Sunday July 7 (Lakeside) – Pre-camp Day (Registration, introduction, search and rescue)
Monday & Tuesday July 8-9 (Burnside) – Paramedic Days (obstetrics lab, trauma airways, IV’s, needles, glucometer, vital signs, first-aid, CPR)
Wednesday & Thursday July 10-11 (Various locations) – Police Days (defensive tactics, identification, emergency response team, dive team, K9, mounted unit (horse), drill, shooting)
Friday & Saturday July 12-13 (Clayton Park) – Fire Days (repelling, firefighting, hose handling, confidence trailer, search and rescue, hazmat suit donning, 100’ ladder climb, vehicle extrication)
Sunday July 14 (Lakeside) – Graduation Day


Camp Contact:
Andrea Speranza
Camp Courage founder/firefighter
C 902-488-1188

Media Contact:
Brendan Elliott
Corporate Communications
Halifax Regional Municipality
O 902-490-2377
C 902-220-0414

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