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Young women learn firefighting skills at week-long camp

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Young women are almost finished with a weeklong fire camp hosted by Eugene-Springfield Fire Department.

Participants get the chance to learn the ins and outs of fighting fire while also doing relays and learning how to rappel down a three-story building.

Towards the end of the week they take what they learn and fight live fire.

Of the 300 certified firefighters in the area, only nine of them are women.

Fire captain jean Woorich says their goal is to build up young women, a sentiment that seems to resonate with the campers.

"It's really hot and it's kind of hard to move with your gloves, and the hose is heavy, so you really have to work together as a team. I think that's what this is all about…team building," said 15-year-old camper Morgan Ellis.

Many of the young women said they didn't have any intention of getting into firefighting, but after learning what the career entails, they are considering it a job to pursue.

The camp ends Friday, when the young women will use their training to put out an interior fire.

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