Women tackle live fire training

Member News image Women firefighters from District 8 extinguish the gas prop


It was a day of live fire, learning, and laughter when 18 women from District 8 brigades came together at VEMTC Bangholme on Sunday 13 November for a women-only training session.


During the Bangholme Skills Acquisition Day, the women rotated through various activities involving live fire, in a safe and supportive environment. These included the use of props on the PAD, with buildings and cars on fire in various scenarios, using different fire extinguishers and a discussion about asbestos.

It was an opportunity for newer and experienced members alike to learn new things, brush up on their skills and help each other.

The training was organised by The Women’s Network, which aims to create an inclusive environment in CFA where women are equally represented across all levels of CFA. It is important for CFA to increase and maintain existing numbers of women, provide leadership training for women, introduce women to brigade, group and district leadership roles and provide confidence-building opportunities.

This initiative was entirely led by volunteers, who identified their needs and sought the help of staff to establish this opportunity for the Women’s Network.

Opportunities like these for volunteers will continue into the future to support them in the important work they continue to undertake.


  • Member News image(L-R) Megan McDonald & Loretta Binder remove their BA after tackling a scenario
  • Member News image District 8 Women's Network Bangholme Skills Aquisition Day Participants
  • Member News image Lisa Sparling operates the pump
  • Member News image (L-R) Sarah Croft & Celia Massie-Bertei approach the gas prop
  • Member News image (L-R) Shandelle Ross, Megan McDonald, Sarah Croft & Laurinda Scorgie work together to bring the fire under control during a scenario
Submitted by Olivia Duffey