Firefighter training for Only Girls Allowed initiative

As part of Warriors’ Community Foundation Only Girls Allowed initiative, 15 women underwent a series of firefighter training activities at Worcester Fire Station last week.

The community initiative gives women the opportunity to get back into activity through a range of fun sports and activities such as yoga, rugby, circuits and netball, with the sessions normally taking place at the High Performance Centre at Sixways.

Each participant was kitted up in Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) Personal Protective Equipment and took part in a warm-up.

They were then split into three groups, with each group participating in three activities – a command task involving multiple pieces of equipment, a task of rescuing a casualty from the top of the training tower via the tunnels and hose running.

Station Commander Lee Watson, HWFRS’s lead organiser for the event, said: “It is great to be working with this Worcester Warriors community initiative.

“The night was a huge success and it was great to see so many women trying out aspects of training that our firefighters perform.

“I would especially like to thank Watch Commander Rebecca Fawkes and Red Watch for their support in organising and facilitating the event.

“We are currently recruiting for on-call firefighters and we hope this taster allows the women who took part to not only feel as though they could take on the challenge and become a firefighter, but also help to spread the word to their friends and family.”

Warriors Community Education Officer Laura Bolon said: “This has been a great opportunity for the women attending the Only Girls Allowed programme, and it provided an alternative evening to the usual sessions we have on offer. The feedback we have had from all involved was very positive.

“It was great to see them all tackling the activities with confidence and big smiles on their faces.”

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