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Teenager's potential impresses
While some 16-year-olds are thinking about clothes or make-up, Rebecca Horsfall is thinking about the day she goes out on the fire truck.
That day will complete a path this young woman envisaged for herself at the age of 11 when she joined the CFA Juniors program.
Rebecca, one of the amazing CFA women being profiled this week as part of the ‘Celebrating CFA Women’ series, has filled in the paperwork to become a senior member and is excited and impatient.
Her father and two brothers are operational firefighters, and she gets “a bit jealous” when they go off to fight fires. As soon as she has completed her Minimum Skills training she’ll be joining them.
In 2013, Rebecca got a boost to her dreams when selected as one of nine girls and nine boys to participate in the National Fire Cadet Championships in Sydney. She talks with joy and pride about the teamwork and meeting other competitors.
“You have no idea who’s on your team until you get there, and then within a week you feel like you’ve known them forever,” she says.
Since then, she has appeared in the local newspaper and was nominated by CFA to announce the winners in the National Emergency Medals event at Ararat in 2013: a great honour.
Although she was nervous, she says, “It was fine. I pronounced all the names right, and afterwards, lots of people complimented me so it turned out well.” In the future, Rebecca sees herself in a role such as paramedic or professional firefighter. Whatever she does, she hopes to always be in CFA.
“One day, I might have to be helped by CFA and I want to give something back. When dad goes off to the fire and comes home, he has a look of satisfaction on his face. That’s what I want.”
In the lead-up to International Women’s Day this Friday 7 March, CFA is profiling women who represent the many and varied roles that CFA members play in their communities.
All the stories featured this week will be published in a special booklet titled Celebrating CFA Women which will be launched on Friday.