An innovative first took place at the RFS training centre at Bimbimbie recently when four firefighting and emergency service agencies held a 'Girls On Fire' introduction to fire fighting day.
Rural Fire Service (RFS) Inspector, Kelwyn White said the day was all about showing girls what opportunities there are across all the emergency services for either volunteering or career options.
"The day aims to give the girls a glimpse of what it is like to be in a fire fighting or emergency service."
The idea to hold the 'Girls On Fire' day was proposed by NSW Fire & Rescue Station Commander Bronnie MacIntosh.
"They have these programs in the US, Canada and England and the focus on teenage girls is a new concept for Australia. It seems to be a winner," she said.
"This day is also about increasing the awareness and leadership capacity of people already in the service.
"There is a need for better multi agency work, we all keep people safe," she said.
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Taking part in the day were representatives from NSW RFS, NSW Forestry, Fire & Rescue and NPWS.
Inspector White said they had 12 girls register for the 'Girls On Fire' day, some of who were impacted by the recent devastating fires which motivated them to come along.
The girls kicked off their day at 8am with a full briefing of events they'd participate in.
"We gave them a quick exercise where they separated from friends got into teams before going through some kinetic assessments that test ranges of movement and fitness," Insp White said.
Fire Planning Officer for NPWS Andrea Morrison said the different agencies were all running different scenarios based around what their agencies do.
"National Parks are doing a remote area fire fighting scenario talking about going out to lightening strikes and the gear they would take with them," she said.
Other activities the 'Girls On Fire' took part in were - hose rolling and bowling and hose soccer where teams try to blast a gym ball with a water through a goal.
"The girls have also dragged a mummy, climbed ladders and got in and out of the trucks," Insp White said.
"Soon they will be doing a compressed air Breath Apparatus (BA) session and there is going to be a car fire scenario.
"We'll be looking at fire extinguishers so the girls can get a feel of the different types - CO2, dry chemical and foam as they all make different sounds and react differently.
"It's going to be a really big jam packed day for the girls that will give them a brief but realistic glimpse of what its like for our services," Insp White said.