Camp FFIT Hamilton

Apply to Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) and try out firefighting as a career for three challenging fun-filled days!

When: October 13 to 15, 2017
Where: Hamilton Fire Department, Multi-Agency Training Complex, 1227 Stone Church Rd. East, Hamilton
Completed applications due: September 22, 2017

For young women 16 to 19 years old who are interested in learning more about a future career in firefighting. Camp FFIT provides participants with first-hand knowledge of the duties of a firefighter while developing emergency preparedness skills.

Over the past decade women have applied in increasing numbers to the fire service. Camp FFIT is designed to support and expand their participation in the fire service.

Camp FFIT Hamilton is three, full days of physically and mentally demanding hands-on learning. The Hamilton program is modelled after similar camps that have been conducted elsewhere in the province, especially the City of Ottawa. The program is supported by Fire Service Women Ontario.

Training includes:

  • Wearing firefighter gear (including the use of SCBA self-contained breathing apparatus)
  • Hose lines and ladders, including climbing an aerial ladder
  • Search and rescue
  • Fire communications
  • Fire prevention
  • Medical call demonstration
  • Rappel down a building for a rope rescue
  • Health and fitness information, and much more!

All Camp FFIT activities will be led and supervised by qualified firefighters.

Career opportunities include:

  • Speak one-on-one with current members of the fire department
  • Explore available firefighting training programs
  • Learn what it takes to succeed in this rewarding career

The physical demands of a Firefighter are characterized by strength, endurance, coordination, agility and dexterity. Participants of Camp FFIT will experience the physical stresses of a Firefighter, although to a lesser degree.

  • All activities take place in a supervised and controlled environment.
  • Tasks are broken down into manageable segments to avoid overloading the body.
  • All scenarios are done in a controlled training atmosphere.
  • A participant may stop, if at any time they do not feel comfortable and instructors will provide additional support and direction.
  • Instructors will stop activities if at any time there appears to be any risk of injury or danger.
  • In order to maintain a safe and productive environment, proper rest, hydration and nutrition is vital and will be emphasized during the camp and must be continued at home during the Camp FFIT weekend.

Factors that will increase the difficulty of the physical demands required during tasks:

  • Turnout gear and SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) restrict movement, adds weight to the individual and requires increased respiratory effort
  • Equipment used is often heavy and is frequently used in awkward positions
  • Environmental conditions such as sun, humidity and rain can add difficulty to tasks and cause fluctuations in body temperature.
  • Darkness and/ or simulated smoke in a fire training scenario decreases visibility and increases the difficulty of tasks.
  • Emotional stress and excitement due to "the unknown" can increase heart rate and the onset of fatigue.
  • Be 16 to 19 years of age (as of October 13, 2017)
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Complete an application form (PDF, 145 KB) including a 300 word essay
  • Agree to follow all rules and regulations
  • Participate in all activities and classes
  • Possess a valid OHIP or Provincial Health Insurance Card
  • Bring your own CSA approved steel toe safety boots (with green triangle logo) to participate in fireground activities
  • Be able to wear all Personal Protective Equipment provided by Camp FFIT

Complete an application form (PDF, 145 KB) and 300 word essay by September 22, 2017 and send by:

Email: campffit@hamilton.ca

Mail or in person to:
Camp FFIT Hamilton - Hamilton Fire Department
c/o Claudio Mostacci, Fire Prevention Office
55 King William Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1A2

For more information:
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 7782
Email: campffit@hamilton.ca

300 word essay outline

We want to understand more about who you are. In 300 words or less, please ...

  • Explain what it is you would like to achieve or accomplish by attending Camp FFIT
  • Describe in detail your interest in the Fire service
  • Is there someone in particular who inspires you?

It is important that this essay be in your own words. Please note we are not evaluating your essay on grammar or punctuation. Essays may be hand written or typed.


  • Camp FFIT has a limited number of spaces available. Selected applicants will be contacted by phone to confirm placement and emailed a formal registration package. All other applicants will be contacted by email and informed if they are selected to be placed on our waitlist.
  • Upon acceptance, participants will complete the formal registration forms and submit the Camp FFIT fee of $50. 
  • Fee subsidies are available through the Recreation Fee Assistance Program for those who qualify. The fee covers all activities, lunch on all three days and a Camp FFIT t-shirt. Some safety boots (limited sizes) are available for those participants who are unable to purchase their own.
  • Parents and / or guardians are invited to attend a tour of the fire training facility on Sunday, October 15, 2017.