Camp Ignites Aspiring Firefighter’s Dreams

By on July 28, 2015
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2015

Camp Ignites Aspiring Firefighter’s Dreams

Shelby’s father is a firefighter.

Her brother is a firefighter.

And Shelby is well on her way to becoming a firefighter, too.

Shelby Moon, who recently graduated from Langley Secondary School, has grown up around the fire service and knows it is a calling she wants to pursue. This summer, she will gain valuable hands-on experience that will get her even closer to her goal, thanks to the Township of Langley Fire Department and the Langley Township Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4550.

From August 6 to 9, Shelby will be attending Camp Ignite, a four-day session held in Vancouver that educates and inspires young women aged 16 – 18 to follow their dreams and gives them an introduction to the world of firefighting. Participants are taught firefighting and search and rescue techniques, fire extinguisher use, lifesaving skills, and CPR. They also learn about fitness, nutrition, health, and teamwork.

IAFF Local 4550 has covered Shelby’s registration fees and the Township Fire Department has outfitted her with the firefighting clothing and gear required for the program, in a collaborative effort to help Shelby achieve her dream.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said the 18-year-old, who plans to apply to the fire service when she turns 19, and is learning all she can in the meantime. “I hope it will provide more insight into what’s involved, and provide some real life experiences.”

For Shelby, firefighting is in her blood.

“She’s been around it all her life, since she was a baby,” said her father, Anthony Moon, a paid-call firefighter who has been with the Township’s Fire Department since 2001. Her brother Kirklan, 20, joined the Township’s paid-call crews last year, and Shelby’s younger brother Lachlan, 15, also wants to go into the fire service.
Anthony, who has told Shelby and her brothers all about the job – “the good, the bad, and the ugly” – said his children know what they want: “They’ve all got ambition,” he said.

Last fall, Shelby was accepted to do work experience with the Township Fire Department. She is currently a second year apprentice plumber and her older brother is a fourth year apprentice plumber. Her younger brother is also entering into the plumbing program. Training as a plumber will serve them well, their father said. “Going the trades route will improve your chances of getting into the fire service,” Anthony said, thanks to the knowledge gained about the construction industry and sprinkler systems.

Captain Al Scramstad of Langley Township’s Fire Department said Shelby will no doubt be joining the firefighting ranks soon. “She is really smart; she is focused and committed,” he said. “She really has what it takes.”

For more information, contact Captain Al Scramstad of the Township of Langley Fire Department at 604.532.7516 or ascramstad@tol.ca.

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Captain Al Scramstad, Vice President of Township of Langley Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4550; Camp Ignite participant Shelby Moon; her father, Township of Langley firefighter Anthony Moon; and Township Assistant Fire Chief Rob Clausen

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