Carla Penman, Fire Fighter

Location: North Vancouver, BC

Occupation: Firefighter, Fire Department Captain

Story: I have always been extremely active. I played many sports but focussed mainly on basketball which i played for 4 years at Capilano. In my final year  i was named all- Canadian. While at Capilano i had also been taking fire fighting courses in my free time. Once i was no longer in school i really turned my focus towards becoming a fire fighter. In 1998 i was hired by the District of North Van Fire Dept. I was the first female ever to be hired on the North Shore. Fourteen years later i was promoted to Captain. I still live in North Vancouver with my husband and 2 kids. I am still extremely active and i now compete in Firefit and Crossfit.

Accomplishments: I will say, I definitely do most of my bragging about my kids. By far they will always be my biggest accomplishment. I have however gotten to compete at a National and World level in the sport of Firefit and the Firefighter Combat Challenge. I currently hold the over 40 female World record. Im quite proud to be a 40 year old female and still killing it in that sport. Its a very painful test of strength and fitness!

Goals: My personal short term goal is to beat my own world record. It will take a major committment to training but of course it would be worth it. My longer term goal is to retire and move to Arizona. Thats our home away from home.




Carla Penman, Fire Fighter