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Firefighters show locals the ropes for International Women's Day

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08 Mar 2016
The vital role of women in emergency services was honoured during a special International Women’s Day event at MFB’s training centre in Craigieburn this morning.

Women and schoolchildren from the local Muslim community met with MFB firefighters and representatives from other emergency services including the Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria during the networking event at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC).

The community members were welcomed to the venue by firefighters and enjoyed a morning tea before a range of demonstrations including a high angle rescue.

In appreciation of firefighters’ efforts, local women presented the MFB with a unique mosaic symbolising the elements of fire, water, earth and wind.

The mosaic is already on display at VEMTC.

The International Women’s Day event is held annually by the AFP to introduce local women to emergency service workers with a different agency playing host each year.

Chief Officer Peter Rau said the MFB was privileged to be involved in the important event.

“We have 238 women employed across our organisation in both operational and corporate positions,” Mr Rau said.

“They play a crucial role in emergency services and International Women’s Day is a great opportunity for us to celebrate their achievements.

“Our organisation acknowledges a lack of diversity within our ranks and we’re working hard to address this by encouraging more women and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to consider firefighting as a career.”

Above: MFB Chief Officer Peter Rau and CEO Jim Higgins with the mosaic.

Above: Chief Officer Peter Rau talks with students about the MFB.

Above: Station Officer Sarah Lostia demonstrating the heavy rescue tools as part of the equipment display.

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