All Fired Up To Save Lives
A 12-member team of Malaysian female firefighters are blazing their own trail all for the sake of saving lives!
These young and vigorous women of the Berapit Voluntary Fire Brigade in Penang, established 23 years ago, brings together women of various ages and backgrounds, all working towards one noble cause.
Accounting clerk Suzanne Khor, 33, joined the squad when she was only 16. It was here that she met her future husband, also a firefighter, whom she now has five children with. Suzanne’s biggest hope is that she can pass on the spirit of altruism to her three sons and two daughters by bringing them to the station and interacting with other firefighters.
Other members of the team include housewife Ong Vi Thon, 33, and her younger sister Ong Vi Cher, 21. Vi Cher, a recent college graduate, was inspired by her sister to join the brigade.
Another member, hospital customer service assistant Cheng Pei Weng, 27, struggled to balance between her family life and her volunteer work in the beginning but found the overall experience to be rewarding.
“There were times that I had to leave my family in the midst of dining or shopping, and rush back to the station.”
“I felt bad about having to drop what I was doing with them but the call of duty is more important”, she told The Star.
“I’m thankful that my family has been so supportive,” she added.
The Berapit Voluntary Squad has about 50 active members, aged between 18 and 61, and responds to at least 150 emergencies a year.
Apart from fighting fires and dealing with emergency situations, the voluntary firefighters also participate in welfare services and clerical duties at the station.
Check out the video below on these amazing volunteer firefighters.
We salute these female firefighters for all they do for us!
*Featured image sourced from The Star