A Day Well Spent With The Wonder Women Of Mumbai’s Fire Brigade
Aayush & Alex train with 90 women, who are all set to join Mumbai’s firefighting unit
90 young women will soon be a part of the Mumbai’s Fire Brigade and it’s taken them nearly six months of grueling training to get there.
Their training includes demanding physical drills, which range from climbing ladders and rescuing victims, to dealing with high pressure situations in a specially designed smoke control room at the regional command center in Wadala, Mumbai.
All that stands in their way is a test which will decide whether they can join the ranks of Mumbai’s firefighters. VN Sangle, officer-in-charge at the Wadala fire station and training centre, says the girls have trained hard and will be posted across the city’s 34 fire stations from December 15.
Rohini Yankule, one of the trainee firefighters, explains that everyone aims to become a doctor or a lawyer, but she wanted to contribute to society in a different way. “In our homes, the mindset is that a girl should be married as soon as she turns 18. But, we wanted to change that sort of thinking. When I saw officers in uniform, I always thought they inspired me and so I am lucky that I’ve been given a chance to join this force today” Yankule told BloombergQuint.
BloombergQuint spent a day with these wonder women and realized that their training regime is definitely not for the faint-hearted.