- An all-female firefighting team, Juliet Crew, has been battling the Cape Town fire
- The all-women firefighting unit is fighting a battle of their own; they need a permanent base of operations
- The group has launched a back a buddy campaign to help raise funds to establish a permanent base and continue to do their important worl
Juliet Crew, South Africa's only all-female firefighting crew are on the front lines of the Cape Town fire and have shared some amazing pics of themselves in action.
The firefighting crew has been working tirelessly to fight the blaze which had threatened Cape Town and extensively damaged the University of Cape Town.
Juliet Crew is in a vulnerable position and needs a permanent base of operations; they are temporarily based at the Vergelegen NCC FireBase.
The crew have a back a buddy page which has received numerous donations in the past few days from people who support the project.
At the time of writing the Juliet Crew had received R44 791.65 of their R100 000 target. Many of the women who make up Juliet Crew come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Social media users took to the comments section to heap praise of the brave firefighters.
"So much admiration and respect thank you ."
"Thank you for your service! ❤️"
"Love and strength to Juliet Crew! ❤️❤️."
"I don’t know Women? How can I learn to have balls like you? So you deserve to get support from everyone! ❤️"
Photographer Charl Steenkamp had his camera ready when he accompanied the woman on one of their missions and caught some amazing pictures in the process.
Steenkamp is the branch manager of NCC Environmental Services and one of his tasks was to train 15 women as firefighters. The women work in the Juliet Crew.
They are role models for other women and people who need inspiration to achieve their dreams.
“Fire sees no gender,” Steenkamp says.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that following media reports that two firefighters have lost their lives while fighting against the ravaging fires in Cape Town, many have credited the men and women as brave heroes.
Well-known radio broadcaster Robert Marawa took to his Twitter page to praise the firefighters as national heroes. The Metro FM sports radio host has also sent a message to those who have been affected by the fire.
In related news, a man has reportedly been arrested for allegedly starting one of the fires that are taking Cape Town apart. Firefighters have been battling the massive blaze on Table Mountain and received calls about several people making bush fires.
Reports say that there were two calls in succession that people had been seen in the bushes starting fires. There were allegedly three people accused of arson. Law enforcement detained one person for allegedly being present at the area of the fire.
Upon questioning the unnamed individual, the man alleged that he was attempting to stop the fire before telling law enforcement that he had been the one to start it.
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