Pakistan’s first woman firefighter makes her mark in an unconventional field

Meet Shazia Parveen, Pakistan’s first female firefighter from Vehari. Shazia joined the Rescue 1122 emergency service (Fire Wing) in 2010 and in 2016 was promoted to Lead Fire Instructor and transferred to Lahore’s Rescue department at Thokar Niaz Baig. In Lahore, she is now training the new team members on the standard operating procedures for firefighting.

Since 2010, Shazia has taken part in a number of rescue operations and fire extinguishing expeditions — helping and rescuing people in difficult and dangerous situations. She is pursuing her Masters along with the job, and believes women in Pakistan are highly talented. Shazia says they are physically strong and can make their mark in unconventional fields as well, apart from shining in traditional jobs.

When asked if she, as the only woman rescuer, ever faced any kind of difficulty or discrimination at work, she said she had the confidence and support of her entire team. “We have an excellent work environment and I feel proud to be a member of the Rescue 1122 team,” said Parveen.

She said like nursing and medical care, rescue services are also suited for women’s aptitude and that they should not hesitate to join the profession.

Source: Gulf News