Mumbai fire brigade created history by recruiting 97 firewomen at one go


Mumbai fire brigade had just 18 women personnel until recently. It created a history by recruiting 97 firewomen at one go. Interestingly, most of the new recruits hail from rural parts of Maharashtra, including Sinnar in Nashik district, Sindhudurg, Jalgaon, etc.

These women are in the final stages of their training. Once through with it, they will be placed across various fire stations in the city. It is good to see the enthusiasm in almost all these women and their readiness to take on the toughest tasks they are being trained to face, said chief fire officer P Rahangdale.

A passion for being in uniformed services appears to be the common reason, for which these 97 women joined the department. 22 year old Kavita Gurule has done her BSc in Mathematics. She wanted to join the army but could not get through it. However, when she heard about this opening, Kavita decided to apply as she was keen on getting into a service where she could serve the countrymen.


The training began in June and will be completed by this month-end, after which they will be assessed. Once the training is over, they will get a 14-day break following which they must join the service. While the 18 firewomen operate from the brigade HQ in Byculla, the new batch will be spread across 34 fire stations and will be inducted next month. The force has recruited a total of 145 employees.

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