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East End schoolgirls take on London Fire Brigade roles

PUBLISHED: 15:55 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:39 05 October 2010

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SCHOOLGIRLS took over a fire-station in London’s East End to prove they’re every bit as good at tackling emergencies as the lads. They have been on a special all-girl version of the London Fire Brigade’s scheme to get youths off the streets

The girls... on parade (top), ready to go into action (above)

By Mike Brooke

SCHOOLGIRLS took over a fire-station in London’s East End to prove they’re every bit as good at handling emergencies as the lads.

The 14 teenagers have been on a special all-girl version of the London Fire Brigade’s scheme to get youths off the streets and boost self-esteem by teaching them fire-fighting skills.

The programme aimed at schoolkids between 13 and 17 was first devised by crews at Shadwell in East London in 2002 and has now spread throughout the country.

Many taking part have brushed up against the law, or are at risk of social exclusion. Some have also been victims of crime.

The week-long course run at Shadwell by real firefighters taught the girls rescue techniques, how to use ladders and breathing apparatus and gave them problem-solving tasks. They also learnt about the consequences of arson or making hoax 999 calls.

The week ended with a passing out parade (pictured) in front of friends and family, putting them on the right track for life, especially in the run-up to International Women’s Day on March 9.


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