Girls firefighter camp rescheduled after abrupt cancellation

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s spokesperson said the city “is not going to allow the threat of a lawsuit stop it from happening”

Dig deeper into the issue of girls' fire camps and their potential value in an analysis by FireRescue1 Editorial Board member Linda Willing: "Girls' fire camps: Discrimination, or key to increasing female firefighters?"

By FireRescue1 Staff

SAN DIEGO — A girls firefighting camp that was abruptly canceled after a lawyer claimed it was discriminatory is now being rescheduled.

10News reported that Mayor Kevin Faulconer ordered the camp to be rescheduled and said a lawsuit threat should not stop the camp from continuing.

“This camp is about having fun and introducing young people to the possibilities of a rewarding career in firefighting,” Faulconer’s spokesperson, Greg Block, said. “Families have been looking forward to this event for weeks, and Mayor Faulconer is not going to allow the threat of a lawsuit stop it from happening. The mayor has directed staff to reschedule the camp as soon as possible and we will share more details soon.”

The camp was canceled after attorney Al Rava claimed his client was “deterred and prevented from timely enrolling his son in this camp because boys are not invited to attend, based solely on his sex.”

“What ‘threat of a lawsuit’ is the mayor's office referring to in its announcement? Did someone threaten a lawsuit?” Rava said in an email. “All my letter, which was the only communication with the City and Foundation about this No Boys Allowed Empowerment Camp, asked was that the organizers "please … reschedule this otherwise excellent program for a later date this year, and invite both boys and girls to attend so both boys and girls can learn how to save lives and be empowered to be whatever they want to be when they grow up."


January 16 is the day! Registration for the second Girls Empowerment Camp will open Tuesday morning. The camp is set for March 3 and 4, 2018 at the SDFD training facility. It’s two days of invigorating and educational experiences delivered by professional firefighters and lifeguards at no cost to the attendees. Girls ages 14-18 will perform firefighting, first aid and physical conditioning activities. Here’s the link to register There are forms that must be signed and returned in order to reserve your spot - the website has all the details. We hope to see you in March!

Posted by San Diego Fire-Rescue Department on Sunday, January 14, 2018


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