The Expedition

how it all began

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 was the inspiration behind the whole expedition.

The plan was to take a team of female firefighters across Antarctica “To inspire women and girls to achieve their ambitions.” Throughout this journey team AFA has changed and evolved.  We have seen team members leave through personal circumstances, each and every one a brave decision to leave such a project that involves so much passion and commitment.  The final team being George and Bex.

Each and every team member both past and present have made this expedition possible.  Thanks to them, George and Bex have made history.  Not only becoming the first emergency services team to traverse Antarctica but have also pioneered a new route – Unio Glacier – Constellation Inlet – South Pole.  A total of 1230km.

“Ordinary women doing extraordinary things.”



Lorraine Kelly Smith

British broadcaster – Presenter of Lorraine on ITV

Lorraine has been a strong advocate for Women’s Rights for decades, and as a big fan of Antarctica herself, we are delighted to have her on board as an Ambassador!

In her own words, she says “I am so in awe of these amazing women who will be undergoing such a gruelling challenge that will help a brilliant charity and inspire other women of all ages.”

Dany Cotton

Retired London Fire Commissioner

Dany was a pioneer for women in the fire service; shaping the way for many more to come, and her passion for creating opportunities for female firefighters is infectious!

In her own words, she says “I am so proud and honoured to be an Ambassador for the Antarctic Fire Angels. This amazing group of inspirational women are challenging stereotypes and being outstanding role models to show women and girls that they can achieve their dreams.”



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