Goodyear Girls Camp: Teens learn about a career in firefighting

- As part of International Women's Day, we're celebrating with female firefighters.

You don't see many in the field right now, but the Goodyear Fire Department is hoping to change that.

It's a daunting sight to look down when you're 80 feet up in the air, but it's a view every firefighter needs to get used to, no matter your gender or your age.

"They're really supportive here, they help you. It's really hands-on, you get really involved," said 16-year-old Hannah, one of a group of teenage girls spending their spring break at the camp, learning the in's and out's of how to be a firefighter -- a field that to this day, is still dominated by men.

"We just have to work a little bit harder on the physical side of it, but it's definitely something a female can do if they work hard," said Lora Davis, who has been a part of Goodyear Girls Camp since it started in 2015.

Firefighters brought the camp to Station 181 after seeing big success in Tucson's Northwest Fire District.

"They start out a little bit kind of shy and timid and aren't really sure how to think of everything. And as the days go on, and by the end of the week, they're all out of their shell, and it's cool to see them gain confidence and do something that they maybe didn't think they could do," said Davis.

Something like climbing 80 feet high -- a brave task that every girl successfully completed -- proving that bravery isn't bound by gender.

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