East End schoolgirls take on London Fire Brigade roles
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)
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.
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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.
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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.