Badd Axe Ladies

Badd Axe Ladies is a hands-on job shadow program that was created in 2022 by Carbondale Firefighters Abby Burnham and Courtney Looft to give girls ages 16+ a chance to come and see what a career in the fire service is like. The highlight of this program is taking the girls through a skills day where they can do real training in full firefighting gear, all culminating in a live fire training exercise.

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Badd Axe Ladies is excited to return for its 2nd annual program for any young woman interested in learning more about the fire service! If you want to live a day in the shoes of a firefighter, see what we do, and try out a few skills, this program is for you!

New additions and changes this year:

~Now welcoming any SIU students in addition to Carbondale High School students

~Accepting 8 young ladies

~Now a two-day event!

~Job Shadow Day—either March 15th or March 21st

~Group Skills Day, with live fire burns—Saturday, March 25th (Rainout date, Saturday, April 1st)

We are so excited to offer this program in conjunction with the City of Carbondale, Carbondale Fire Department, Carbondale Community High School, and Southern Illinois University!

When our next annual program is being offered, applications will be available online and at the Carbondale Fire Department.

For more information contact the Carbondale Fire Department at 618-457-3234.