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Local Girl Scouts train as first responders

TUCSON- Around 35 Tucson Girl Scouts got a chance to gear up and learn new skills with some of the elite women of southern Arizona this Saturday morning.

Those women included firefighters, emergency service responders, and police officers.

It’s all a part of ‘Catching Fury’, a program that’s been going on for seven years and is completely funded by donations.

The middle school students got a chance to gear up, and even repel off a building.

“The biggest take away that I get from this is that women can be strong people in positions of importance in enforcement,” said Elise Weber, a Girl Scout.

Girls also learned how to perform chest compressions, a skill one instructor and former Girl Scout called critical.

“In 2012, I went to Camp Fury for the first time. I learned this in maybe 10 to 15 minutes and, three months later, I ended up using it and saving a classmates life,” said Erika Yee, a Camp Fury counselor.

Saturday’s program gave the girls a chance to feel empowered, while making new friends.

“I think the thing that I enjoy most is making new friends, and then all of the surface projects we do for the community,” Weber said.

According to Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, women hold only 30 percent of EMT positions, 13 percent of law enforcement positions and 3.5 percent of professional fire positions nationwide. It’s a statistic Tubac Fire Chief, Cheryl Horvath, hopes to change.

“I think for all of us, it’s an opportunity for us to show girls that this is something they can do,” said Horvath. “The women who volunteer for this program, I think, really feel like they’re giving something back. So there is definitely a sense of empowerment for the girls, as well as for the instructors.”

Charity Freeman

Charity Freeman

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