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Academy gives local young women chance to get taste of firefighting


June 27, 2018

An instructor demonstrates proper use of a mask.

Samantha Mitchell says she doesn't have a lot of friends, but she shared a summer weekend with her closest one – Lacey Wilson –dressed in heavy fire gear, learning what it takes to save lives.

Mitchell and Wilson, of Sweet Home, were among the 21 girls who participated in the inaugural Linn County Young Women's Fire Academy at the Lebanon Fire District headquarters last weekend.

Mitchell practically grew up at the Sweet Home Fire Department, she said. Her mom, who often took her children to watch Burn to Learns, volunteers on the fire department's financial board.

Now Mitchell is consid...

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