Updated 07/16/2012 03:58 PM
Phoenix Fire Camp kicks off in Utica
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UTICA, N.Y. -- The heat is on for female firefighters across the state who gathered in Utica for training this week.
They're part of the sixth annual Phoenix Fire Camp being held at the Utica Fire Academy Training Center. It's a program aimed at sharpening the skills of female firefighters.
Monday, the focus was on teaching trainees new skills for climbing ladders and getting to high points.
The camp is run by volunteers from the non-profit Fire Service Women of New York State.
"Often young women look and they don't see other women doing this type of work involved in firefighting and EMS. So we just really wanted to show them that yes, we are here, yes, it's a wonderful position and yes, you could do it as well," said the camp's director, Anna Schermerhorn-Collins.
The women will also learn search and rescue techniques, become CPR certified and operate hose lines.