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Pakistan’s first female firefighter aims to inspire women

EHARI (Web Desk) – Shazia Perveen, 25, who hails from Vehari District in Punjab, joined the Rescue 1122 emergency services as a firefighter in 2010. Fighting fire with frightening conflagrations in a field feared even by most men, her co-workers acknowledge her determination.

Rescue 1122 claims that Perveen is the first female firefighter in Pakistan, and perhaps in all of Asia, reported Express Tribune.

The prospect of working along with men too did not phase her enthusiasm. “Some women avoid and hesitate to work with men. That is where I differ with them and think that we, women, can work shoulder-to-shoulder with men,” says Perveen.

Her training included learning to swim, jump, fight fire, and climbing up roofs with the help of ropes.

“At the outset, people would laugh at me when they saw me working with male workers. But afterwards, when I saved their precious properties during fires, they started admiring me,” Perveen recounts.

Having managed to wriggle into a world of men, Perveen thinks that that women can tackle any job and take up any profession of their choice.