St. Augustine, FL, to Host Women Fire Camp

May 14, 2024
A trio of St. Augustine firefighters are hosting Spark the Flame, an empowerment camp for women interesting in fire service careers.

A group of St. Augustine firefighters are working to host a camp at the end of the month to show other women that they, too, can have a career in the fire service. 

The empowerment camp, called Spark the Flame, will show area women what the job is and the firefighters will serve as role models and ambassadors for the job.

"I didn't know it was a career option for me," firefighter Hannah Reiderich told

Firefighters Abby Pedigo, Emmale Shills and Reiderich talked with the television station, reflecting how the fire service careers were not on their horizon when they were younger. Now, the trio has a collective 16 years on the job and they want to pay it forward.

"It's awesome, it's the best job in the world," Shills shared.

Of the two-day camp, Reiderich said, "We're going to be doing a hose station, they'll get a chance to hold the fire hose, move it up the stairs, knock some cones down and see what that's like. We're also gonna be doing some repelling. Hook them up, and show them a technical side of the rescue service which is a big part of what we do."

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