Woman learn what it takes to become a firefighter

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - How would you like to learn how to be a firefighter? Or at least get a glimpse of what it would be like? Well, we went to Camp Trailblazers, the first camp for just females in the Southeast.

Nikkia McNeal is one of 25 young women selected to spend the week with the Savannah Fire and Emergency Services Team.

"I'm pretty excited. I've always wanted to be in the category of fighting and saving lives and getting out there and having fun," said McNeal.

And having fun is what it's all about. This is a dream come true for Savannah Fire Captain Kelly McDaniel who's been working on putting a camp like this together for years.

"My goal is to bring the community in and let the women know they can do this job if they want too," said McDaniel.

"They are doing CPR and first aid and getting certified for that, and interviewing and public speaking diversity in the workplace. They are getting skills of all kinds that way they can take it back with them no matter what profession they get into,"said McDaniel.

And what if they choose to be firefighter?

"This way they know what this avenue is like in case they want to or they can take the skills to any other job," said McDaniel.

For Nikkia McNeal it's about learning.

"When you have something that's all girls and seeing girls can do this it's good experience and encouragement for girls our age that need encouragement like that," said McNeal.

Which is exactly what Captain McDaniel likes to hear whether they want to become future firefighters or not. There will be a graduation ceremony Friday.

This is the first year for Camp Trailblazers and to learn more online, visit www.ci.savannah.ga.us/cityweb/fireweb.nsf.

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