Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighting fun for girls camp

Firefighters from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have spent the day with children at the St John Bosco Centre teaching them firefighting activities and skills.

The 100 girls, who come from deprived areas in London, are staying at the camp near Colchester for a week long activity holiday. The camp is run by the St Vincent de Paul Society which is an international lay Christian organisation set up over 60 years ago to provide rural holidays for city children.

The girls were put through their paces by the firefighters taking part in hose running, water dam building, hose squirting and wearing breathing apparatus.

Firefighters from Braintree and Halstead Fire Station were joined by members of the Service’s youth engagement and Community Safety team.

Crew Manager, Liam George, Halstead Fire Station said:

“We have had an absolutely brilliant day here with the girls. They have all tried lots of activities and even mastered the tricky hose running. I think they have all especially enjoyed the squirting water with the fire hoses and dressing up in our fire gear.

“It’s brilliant to see the girls have so much fun while working together and helping each other achieve the goals of the activity.

“I am sure we will see many of these girls signing up to be firefighters when they are old enough”.

The camp rely heavily on donations and volunteers and invited anyone interested in helping out at the camps or would like to donate to get in touch via their website here:


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