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Ten teenaged girls are learning what it takes to become a firefighter.

"I didn't think that we would be that hands on, that really excited me."

They were given the rare opportunity to participate in physical endurance tests.

And fire drills just like the pros do. The camp, held by the Arlington Virginia Fire Department, is designed to show them what it's like to be on the front lines.

"Um, well, before this camp I didn't really know what kind of opportunities there were for women in firefighting. It sounded kinda cool," says Kira Sweetman.

Lieutenant Sarah Marchegiani began 10 years ago as an emergency medical techinican. She says there's little resistance to women firefighters today.

"I think we've gotten beyond that but I've noticed that any rookie that goes out on the field, kind of, is observed by the crew members just to see that they can do the job and prove 'em. Whether they're male or female you kind of have to show. The lives of the crew members are in your hands, you have to show yourself and prove yourself regardless of what gender you are."

Nationwide, only four out of every 100 firefighters are women. Arlington, Virginia became a trailblazer back in 1974 when they hired a woman named Judy Brewer - the first paid female firefighter in the country. They're hoping this camp will continue the tradition.

"I think women are finally realizing they can do whatever they put their minds to. So this camp is just introducing that and reinforcing the idea of that."

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