The Antarctic Fire Angels (AFA) was born at the Women in the Fire Service (WFS) Training and Development event in 2019.
Keynote speaker, Sophie Montange from the Army’s Ice Maiden team said that, “We wanted to show women what women are capable of.” This statement, along with Sophie’s infectious passion inspired Nakita and was the hook that reeled her in.
Later on at the event Nakita saw Georgina, who she’d made friends with in 2018, after she attended her Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) workshop. They instantly hit it off and both had the same idea to go to the Antarctic and take a team of female firefighters!
One meeting later, Nakita and Georgina had formed a plan for the Antarctic expedition and our reasons why: “To inspire women and tackle the stigma of mental health.” Throughout this journey the AFA team will share their reasons for taking on Antarctica and what they hope to achieve.
By September 2019, Nakita and Georgina had put together their team and had their “chosen frozen!” In October 2019, the AFA’s had their first team meeting and they were all determined to make this happen. By November 2019, the team went live and the journey has snowballed from there!
The AFA team are on their way to make history, all thanks to one team of women inspiring other women.
“Ordinary women doing extraordinary things.”